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ala \a"la\ ([=a]"l[.a]), n.; pl. Al[ae] ([=a]"l[=e]). [L., a wing.] (Biol.) A winglike organ, or part.


n. (en-irregular lang=en ala)

  1. n. a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism; "the alae of the nose"; "the alae of a maple seed"; "the flat petals of a pea blossom are alae"

  2. a wing of an insect

  3. [also: alae (pl)]


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Alae (nematode anatomy)

The alae is a protruding ridge that forms longitudinally on many nematodes. In the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode they are present in the L1, dauer (an alternative long living larvae stage where the nematode is dormant) and adult stages. The alae is most pronounced during the dauer larval stage and not present in the L2, and L3 C. elegans stages.

The term ‘alae’ is the plural of ala (wing), describing either one of the pair of ridges that forms on a nematode or an individual crease found on an individual ridge. The term ‘ala’ is rarely used in describing the alae and scientific journals use the term ‘alae’ both singularly and in the plural.

Usage examples of "alae".

The horizon scanner chirruped, and Alae aimed the display projector at her retina.

When Alae looked at him this time, her eyes were steady and frozen gray.

Since the seizure by the USC ship, Alae had brooded and done very little work.

Their excuses for getting into the dome were on the edge of believability, and Alae had opened her bag wide enough several times for Anna to see there were no large weapons in it.

He could probably handle Alae without trouble, and she was evenly matched against Oomalo.

For as soon as the battle is joined, the cunes and alae of Legio XIV Gemina from Noviomagus will cross the river and close in behind them.