Definition of Caruncula
1. Noun. An outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or a protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds.
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Specialized synonyms: Lappet, Wattle
Derivative terms: Caruncular, Carunculous, Caruncular
Medical Definition of Caruncula
1. 1. A small, fleshy protuberance, or any structure suggesting such a shape. Synonym: caruncle. 2. In ungulates, one of about 200 specific disklike areas of the uterine endometrium that, in conjunction with the foetal cotyledon, forms a placentome of the placenta; as a site of foetal-maternal contact, the caruncula remains constant in position but enlarges greatly in size during pregnancy. Origin: L. A small fleshy mass, fr. Caro, flesh (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Caruncula
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1. A Manual of the Diseases of the Human Eye: Intended for Surgeons Commencing by Carl Heinrich Weller, George Cunningham Monteath (1821)
"In this disease the valvula semilunaris, and the caruncula ... much mucus will be separated from the caruncula for some time, during which the ..."
2. The Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain (1837)
"The free margin of the eye-lids is straight, and rounded towards the inner angle for a distance of about two lines and a half, the caruncula ..."