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operculum

 [o-per´ku-lum] (L.)
1. a lid or covering.
2. the folds of pallium from the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes of the cerebrum overlying the insula. adj., adj oper´cular.
dental operculum the hood of gingival tissue overlying the crown of an erupting tooth.
trophoblastic operculum the plug of trophoblast that helps close the gap in the endometrium made by the implanting blastocyst.

o·per·cu·lum

, gen.

o·per·cu·li

, pl.

o·per·cu·la

(ō-per'kyū-lŭm, -lī, -lă),
1. Anything resembling a lid or cover.
2. In anatomy, the portions of the frontal (operculum frontale [TA], frontal operculum [TA]), parietal (operculum parietale [TA], parietal operculum [TA]), and temporal (operculum temporale [TA], temporal operculum [TA]) lobes bordering the lateral sulcus and covering the insula.
3. In parasitology, the lid or caplike cover of the shell opening of operculated freshwater snails in the subclass Prosobranchiata, and of the eggs of certain trematode and cestode parasites.
4. The attached flap in the tear of retinal detachment.
5. The mucosal flap partially or completely covering an unerupted tooth.
[L. cover or lid, fr. operio, pp. opertus, to cover]

operculum

/oper·cu·lum/ (o-per´ku-lum) pl. oper´cula   [L.]
1. a lid or covering.
2. the folds of pallium from the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes of the cerebrum overlying the insula.oper´cular

dental operculum  the hood of gingival tissue overlying the crown of an erupting tooth.
trophoblastic operculum  the plug of trophoblast that helps close the gap in the endometrium made by the implanting blastocyst.

operculum

(ō-pûr′kyə-ləm)
n. pl. opercu·lums or opercu·la (-lə)
1. Something resembling a lid or cover.
2. The portions of the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes covering the insula.
3. A bit of mucus sealing the endocervical canal of the uterus after conception.
4. The attached flap in cases of torn retinal detachment.

o·per′cu·lar (-lər) adj.

operculum

[ōpur′kyoo͡ləm] pl. opercula, operculums
Etymology: L, lid
a lid or covering, such as the mucous plug that blocks the cervix of the gravid uterus or the temporal operculum of the cerebral temporal hemisphere that overlaps the insula as an extension of the superior surface of the temporal lobe. opercular, adj.

o·per·cu·lum

, pl. opercula (ō-pĕr'kyū-lŭm, -lă) [TA]
1. Anything resembling a lid or cover.
2. [TA] anatomy The portions of the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes bordering the lateral sulcus and covering the insula.
3. Mucus sealing the endocervical canal of the uterus after conception has taken place.
4. parasitology The lid or caplike cover of the shell opening of operculated freshwater snails in the subclass Prosobranchiata, and of the eggs of certain trematode and cestode parasites.
5. The attached flap in the tear of retinal detachment.
6. The mucosal flap partially or completely covering a partially erupted tooth.
[L. cover or lid, fr. operio, pp. opertus, to cover]

operculum

A covering membrane, flap or lid of tissue, especially in the brain, or over an erupting tooth.

operculum

  1. the lid of a MOSS capsule.
  2. a hard bony flap covering the gills of fishes.
  3. the plate of exoskeletal material on the foot of a gastropod mollusc with which it closes off the entrance to the shell.

operculum 

A flap of detached retina which projects forward, or is totally free in the vitreous. It can happen as a result of a retinal tear (break).

o·per·cu·lum

, pl. opercula (ō-pĕr'kyū-lŭm, -lă) [TA]
1. [TA] The mucosal flap partially or completely covering an unerupted tooth.
2. Anything resembling a lid or cover.
[L. cover or lid, fr. operio, pp. opertus, to cover]

operculum (ōpur´kūləm),

n a flap of tissue over a partially erupted or unerupted tooth, particularly a third molar. It may result in pericoronitis with inflammation of the flap tissue. See also pericoronitis.

operculum

pl. opercula [L.]
1. a lid or covering.
2. the folds of pallium from the frontal, parietal and temporal lobes of the cerebrum overlying the insula.
3. gill cover in a fish.

dental operculum
the hood of gingival tissue overlying the crown of an erupting tooth.
trophoblastic operculum
the plug of trophoblast that helps close the gap in the endometrium made by the implanting blastocyst.