paries definition

  • noun:
    • A wall of a body part, organ, or cavity. Frequently used in the plural.
    • The wall surface of every hole within the body.
    • The triangular center section of each section of the shell of a barnacle.
    • The triangular middle element of each portion of the layer of a barnacle.
    • i. In physiology and zoology:
    • A wall or inclosure; an envelop or financial investment; a body-wall; any component which inclosesor bounds a cavity: generally in plural: as,the thoracic or stomach parietes (that's,the walls for the chest or belly.
    • In Cirripedia, the free center an element of the shell, as distinguished from lateral wings.
    • among the perpendicular partitions dividing the cells of a honeycomb or a wasps’ nest.
    • In botany, the medial side or wall surface of an ovary or capsule.
    • The central thickened part of a valve associated with acorn-barnacle (Balanus). The anterior overlapping edge of the valve is the ‘radius,’ the posterior underthrust edge the ‘ala.’
    • (physiology) a layer (a lining or membrane layer) that encloses a structure

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