Pronunciation: (tē'nē-u),[key] —n., —pl.-ni•aePronunciation: (-nē-ē").[key] 1. Class. Antiq.a headband or fillet.
2. Archit.(on a Doric entablature) a fillet or band separating the frieze from the architrave.
3. Anat.a ribbonlike structure, as certain bands of white nerve fibers in the brain.
4. any tapeworm of the genus Taenia, parasitic in humans and other mammals. Also,tenia.