< /ləˈmɛl i/, la·mel·las.
- a thin plate, scale, membrane, or layer, as of bone, tissue, or cell walls.
- an erect scale or blade inserted at the junction of the claw and limb in some corollas and forming a part of their corona or crown.
- (in mosses) a thin sheet of cells standing up along the midrib of a leaf.
- Mycology. gill1(def 2).
- Building Trades. a member of wood, metal, or reinforced concrete, joined in a crisscross pattern with other lamellae to form a vault.
- Ophthalmology. a small disk of gelatin and glycerin mixed with a medicinal substance, used as a medicament for the eyes.
noun plural -lae (-liː) or -las
- a thin layer, plate, or membrane, esp any of the calcified layers of which bone is formed
- any of the spore-bearing gills of a mushroom
- any of the membranes in a chloroplast
- Also called: middle lamellaa layer of pectin cementing together adjacent cells
- one of a number of timber, metal, or concrete members connected along a pattern of intersecting diagonal lines to form a framed vaulted roof structure
- any thin sheet of material or thin layer in a fluid
n. pl. la•mel•las
- A thin scale, plate, or layer of bone or tissue, as around the minute vascular canals in bone.
- A medicated gelatin disk, used instead of a solution for application to the conjunctiva.disk