1. A suffix used to form adjectives and adverbs from nouns, meaning not having, without, free from (doubtless; powerless).

2. A suffix from verbs meaning not affected by or doing the action of the verb (fathomless; tireless).

(06 Feb 2009)

lesser alar cartilagesmedical dictionary
lesser arterial circle of irismedical dictionary

An arterial circle near the pupillary margin of the iris.

Synonyms: circulus arteriosus iridis minor.

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lesser circulationmedical dictionary

Preferred term: pulmonary circulation

lesser cul-de-sacmedical dictionary

Preferred term: pyloric antrum

lesser curvature of stomachmedical dictionary

The right border of the stomach to which the lesser omentum is attached.

Synonyms: curvatura ventriculi minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser horn of hyoid bonemedical dictionary

The shorter and more medial of the two processes on either side of the hyoid bone.

Synonyms: cornu minus ossis hyoidei, styloid cornu.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser internal cutaneous nervemedical dictionary
lesser multangular bonemedical dictionary

Preferred term: trapezoid bone

lesser occipital nervemedical dictionary


<anatomy> Arises from the ventral primary rami of the second and third cervical nerves; supplies the skin of the posterior surface of the auricle and the adjacent portion of the scalp. Posterior to the auricle.

Synonyms: nervus occipitalis minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser palatine arterymedical dictionary


<anatomy> One of several posterior branches of the descending palatine in the greater palatine canal, distributed to the soft palate and tonsil.

Synonyms: arteria palatina minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser palatine foraminamedical dictionary

Openings on the hard palate of palatine canals passing vertically through the tuberosity of the palatine bone and transmitting the smaller palatine nerves and vessels.

Synonyms: foramina palatina minora, posterior palatine foramina.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser palatine nervesmedical dictionary

Usually two, these nerves emerge through the lesser palatine foramina and supply the mucosa and glands of the soft palate and uvula; they are branches of the pterygopalatine ganglion and contain postsynaptic parasympathetic and sensory fibres of the maxillary nerve.

Synonyms: nervi palatini minores.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser pancreasmedical dictionary
lesser pelvismedical dictionary

The cavity of the pelvis below the brim or superior aperture.

Synonyms: pelvis minor, pelvis vera, small pelvis, true pelvis.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser peritoneal cavitymedical dictionary

Preferred term: omental bursa

lesser peritoneal sacmedical dictionary

Preferred term: omental bursa

lesser petrosal nervemedical dictionary
lesser rhomboid musclemedical dictionary

Preferred term: rhomboid minor

lesser ring of irismedical dictionary

The narrow inner zone of the iris.

Synonyms: annulus iridis minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser sciatic notchmedical dictionary

The notch in the posterior border of the ischium below the ischial spine.

Synonyms: incisura ischiadica minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser splanchnic nervemedical dictionary
Lesser's trianglemedical dictionary

The space between the bellies of the digastric muscle and the hypoglossal nerve.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser superficial petrosal nervemedical dictionary


<anatomy> The parasympathetic root of the otic ganglion, derived from the tympanic plexus; it leaves the tympanic cavity through the canal for the lesser petrosal nerve and passes within the cranium to the sphenopetrosal fissure, or to the foramen ovale, or to the petrosal foramen through which it descends to reach the otic ganglion; conveys presynaptic parasympathetic fibres from the glossopharyngeal nerve concerned with secretomotor innervation of the perotid gland.

Synonyms: nervus petrosus minor, lesser petrosal nerve.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser supraclavicular fossamedical dictionary

<anatomy> A triangular space between the two heads of origin of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Synonyms: fossa supraclavicularis minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser trochantermedical dictionary

A pyramidal process projecting from the medial and proximal part of the shaft of the femur at the line of junction of the shaft and the neck; it receives the insertion of the psoas major and iliacus (iliopsoas) muscles.

Synonyms: trochanter minor, small trochanter, trochantin.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser tubercle of humerusmedical dictionary

The anterior of the two tubercles of the neck of the humerus on which the subscapularis is inserted.

Synonyms: tuberculum minus humeri, lesser tuberosity of humerus.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser tuberosity of humerusmedical dictionary

Preferred term: lesser tubercle of humerus

lesser tympanic spinemedical dictionary

The posterior edge of the tympanic notch (of Rivinus).

Synonyms: spina tympanica minor.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser vestibular glandsmedical dictionary

A number of minute mucous glands opening on the surface of the vestibule between the orifices of the vagina and urethra.

Synonyms: glandulae vestibulares minores.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser wing of sphenoid bonemedical dictionary

One of a bilateral pair of triangular, pointed plates extending laterally from the anterolateral body of the sphenoid bone. Forming the posteriormost portion of the floor of the anterior cranial fossa, their sharp posterior edge forms the sphenoidal ridge separating anterior and middle cranial fossae. The medial end of the lesser wing attaches to the body by means of two pedicles, thus forming the optic canal. The wing itself forms the superior margin of the supraorbital fissure.

Synonyms: ala minor ossis sphenoidalis, ala orbitalis, Ingrassia's apophysis, Ingrassia's wing.

(05 Mar 2000)

lesser zygomatic musclemedical dictionary

Preferred term: zygomaticus minor


A Russian physician, 1836-1909.

See: Lesshaft's triangle.

(05 Mar 2000)

Lesshaft's trianglemedical dictionary

Preferred term: grynfeltt's triangle

<instructional design> A principle built on the idea that quality is of higher importance than quantity.

It is reflected in instruction that guides students to focus on fewer topics investigated in greater depth, with teachers performing the task of prioritising subjects as well as specific skills within those subjects.

(08 Mar 2006)

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A suffix used to form adverbs related to -less.

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A suffix used to form nouns related to -less.

Origin: Old English -leas from leas 'devoid of'

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"<" ASCII character 60.

Common names: ITU-T: less than; bra (">" = ket); left angle; left angle bracket; left broket. Rare: from; read from; suck (">" = blow); comes-from; in; crunch (all from Unix); INTERCAL: angle.

See also: greater than.

(01 Mar 1995)

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<library> The Hungry Programmers' version of OSF/Motif. It will be source code compatible with Motif, meaning that the same source will compile with both libraries and work exactly the same. All the programming is being done with no reference to the header files for the motif widgets, so that LessTif can be distributed as free software.


(01 Mar 1995)

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