[rey-fee] /ˈreɪ fi/

noun, plural raphae
[rey-fee] /ˈreɪ fi/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a seamlike union between two parts or halves of an organ or the like.

noun (pl) -phae (-fiː)
an elongated ridge of conducting tissue along the side of certain seeds
a longitudinal groove on the valve of a diatom
(anatomy) a connecting ridge, such as that between the two halves of the medulla oblongata

“seam, suture” (medical), 1753, medical Latin, from Greek rhaphe “seam, suture (of a skull),” from rhaptein “to sew together, stitch” (see wrap).

raphe ra·phe or rha·phe (rā’fē)
n. pl ra·phae (-fē’)
A seamlike line or ridge between two similar parts of a body organ, as in the scrotum.
Plural raphae (rā’fē’)


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