lacuna(redirected from cartilage lacuna)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.
(1) In animals and man, the interstices between elements of tissues and between organs lacking their own walls. In animals with a closed circulatory system, the lacunae are usually filled with lymph; in those with an open system, they are filled with hemolymph. Lacunae that attain relatively large dimensions are called sinuses. In the majority of animals that have a heart and an open circulatory system, the lacunae are usually found on the venous path.
(2) In man, depressed areas on the surfaces of organs (for example, the tonsillar cryptae); on the anterior surface of the hip, the lacuna vasorum is a compartment for the passage of the femoral artery and vein, and the lacuna musculorum is a compartment for the passage of the iliopsoas muscle and femoral nerve.
(3) In plants, the same as leaf gaps.
(4) In linguistics and literary studies, a blank space, an omission, or a missing part of a text.