Definition of "labium" [‖La•bi•um]

  • Anatomy Any of four folds of tissue of the female external genitalia. (noun)
  • Zoology A liplike structure, such as that forming the floor of the mouth of certain invertebrates, especially insects. (noun)
  • Zoology The inner margin of the opening of a gastropod shell. (noun)
  • Botany One of the liplike divisions of a labiate corolla. (noun)

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Use "labium" in a sentence
  • "At the tip of the labium are the labellæ, two little lobes which serve to guide the piercing organs."
  • "The labium, which is the largest and most conspicuous, is apparently cylindrical but is grooved above throughout its length."
  • "The labium was the equivalent of the hyoid, the labial palps and maxillipedes the equivalent of the "hyoid" elements which form the branchial arches."