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Pronunciation: kop'yu-la


  1. In anatomy, a narrow part connecting two structures, the body of the hyoid bone.
  2. A swelling formed during the early development of the tongue by the medial portions of the second pharyngeal arches; it is overgrown by the hypopharyngeal eminence and is not present in the adult tongue.
  3. Obsolete term for zygote.

[L. a bond, tie]

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