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labia majora
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large folds of tissue covering the inguinal area

labia minora
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smaller folds of tissue within the labia majora

labyrinth
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bony, hollow structure that is the most internal part of the ear; contains the sites of transduction of auditory and vestibular information

lac operon
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operon in prokaryotic cells that encodes genes required for processing and intake of lactose

lactase
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enzyme that breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose

lacuna
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space in cartilage and bone that contains living cells

lagging strand
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during replication, the strand that is replicated in short fragments and away from the replication fork

lamella
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layer of compact tissue that surrounds a central canal called the Haversian canal

lamina
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leaf blade

lamprey
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jawless fish characterized by a toothed, funnel-like, sucking mouth

lancelet
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member of Cephalochordata; named for its blade-like shape

large 60S ribosomal subunit
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second, larger ribosomal subunit that binds to the RNA to translate it into protein

large intestine
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digestive system organ that reabsorbs water from undigested material and processes waste matter

larynx
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voice box, a short passageway connecting the pharynx and the trachea

latency
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virus that remains in the body for a long period of time but only causes intermittent symptoms

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