noun, plural retinacula
[ret-n-ak-yuh-luh] /ˌrɛt nˈæk yə lə/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy, Zoology. any of various small structures that hook, clasp, or bind other structures to move them or hold them in place.
Entomology. a bristle on the butterfly forewing that clasps to the frenulum of the hindwing.
noun (pl) -la (-lə)
connection or retention or something that connects or retains
(zoology) a small hook that joins the forewing and hind wing of a moth during flight

retinaculum ret·i·nac·u·lum (rět’n-āk’yə-ləm)
n. pl. ret·i·nac·u·la (-lə)
A band or bandlike structure that holds an organ or a part in place.
ret’i·nac’u·lar (-lər) adj.


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