(redirected from Lacunose)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.


1. Biology a cavity or depression, such as any of the spaces in the matrix of bone
2. another name for coffer
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


A small space or depression.
A cavity in the matrix of bone or cartilage which is occupied by the cell body.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
161: back of a broken statue; Old Cam; 1443/4 C.E.; lacunose, concerns a pious foundation and mentions images of Siva.
Nella prefazione a Ethos e leggiadria Fioretti avverte sul pericolo della "sovra-interpretazione," insidia alla quale l'opera dantesca, come tutta la poesia delle origini per via delle tradizioni testuali assai lacunose o complesse, ci espone, e di conseguenza: "usa raramente [...] il confronto cosiddetto "stilistico" [...] ritenendolo chi scrive il piu delle volte inefficace, sulla scorta delle osservazioni [...] di Claudio Giunta [1998], sulla difficolta che abbiamo, rispetto alla lingua del Duecento, di individuare i rari fenomeni di parole nella massa di quelli di langue" (Ethos 20).
Primary textual sources relating to the subject are tangential, lacunose, or late (and frequently all three); archaeology remains in a problematic state, thanks to a patchy history of excavation and publication over the last century and a half.
The text is lacunose, but it clearly represents an attempt to create a set of rules for determining the relative validity of claims to a property.
Many of the texts are lacunose. It is worth recalling Mahdi's remark that "paraphrasing Alfarabi's writings in this fashion [of the MSS of the Utterances] was apparently a normal practice, and one needs to keep this fact in mind when editing or studying the texts of Alfarabi";(20) unlike the Utterances, maybe we have here careless paraphrases.
In the light of the above discussion, the import of Pindar's introductory words comes into sharper focus, urging a closer analysis of the papyrus and its lacunose lines.(75) Restoration revolves around the word-fragments [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and NEA.
As a consequence, for supplementing Diodorus' "lacunose" narrative, Weiskopf is forced to resort to "reason" and "plausibility" in determining the motivation of the characters and the chronology of the events.
There is also no record of unweighed items in our extant fragments of this document, though the inscription is so lacunose that we cannot be sure that none existed.