nounpl. -·lae· or -·las
- a small rod, bar, or bundle of fibers
- a small septum of fibers forming, with others of its kind, an essential part of the framework of an organ or part
- Bot. a rodlike structure, plate, or bar of tissue, as any of the crossbars in the peristome teeth of mosses
Origin of trabeculaModern Latin from L, diminutive of trabs: see trabeated
- Any of the supporting strands of connective tissue projecting into an organ and constituting part of the framework of that organ.
- Any of the fine spicules forming a network in cancellous bone.
Origin of trabeculaLatin trabēcula little beam or bar diminutive of trabs, trab- beam ; see treb- in Indo-European roots.
(plural trabeculae or trabeculas)
From Latin trabÄ“cula (“small beam"), diminutive of trabs (“beam, timber").