AskDefine | Define raphe

Dictionary Definition

raphe n : a ridge that forms a seam between two parts [syn: rhaphe] [also: raphae (pl)]

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Modern Latin, from Greek ῥαφή ‘seam’.




  1. In the context of "anatomy|botany": A ridge or seam on an organ, bodily tissue, or other structure, especially at the join between two halves or sections.

Extensive Definition

A raphe has different uses:

In science

Pronounced "RAY-fee" ['ɹeɪ·fɪ]), it is most commonly used when describing diatoms, seeds, and human anatomy.
In the field of anatomy, the term refers to a continuous ridge of tissue. There are several different significant raphes:

In linguistics

  • A rafe (or raphe) is a diacritic that was used in Hebrew to indicate a softer form of a consonant.

External links

raphe in German: Raphe
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