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Doctor Phlox, a Denobulan male, in 2151.

The Denobulans are a humanoid species native to the planet Denobula. (ENT episode: "Broken Bow"). They are members of the United Federation of Planets.

The flexibility of the Denobulan face, despite the bony ridges adorning it, allows for a characteristically wide smile. This particular expression, while comical to Human eyes, is used to signify a sense of companionship experienced by colleagues in the workplace. Due to the crowded living conditions on Denobula, working relationships tend to be more intimate than is normal for Humans. This can often extend to flirtation or explicit displays of sexuality, even among thrice-wedded individuals. (ENT episode: "Stigma"). The expression frequently used by Phlox is not intended to communicate appreciation to that extreme, however, merely to acknowledge friendly acquaintance within a working environment, particularly one where the people involved have been, or intend to be, in close company for extended periods.

The Denobulan language (Denobula’an) frequently makes use of prefixes to place words in context. For example, medical terminology is signified with the prefix Ya-Sah. Double vowel combinations are common in Denobulan words, as are gurgling “g”, “k” and “m” sounds. The syllable “ah” is frequently encountered at the end of nouns, verbs and adjectives relating to people; given that Vahl appears to be Denobulan for “I”, the syllable likely signifies a sense of base humanity (Denobulanity). The Denobulan written script, reproduced below, is based on a series of small circles, which come in various sizes and may be linked by thin lines, which perhaps signify polysyllabic words. The script is read from left to right, but the written symbols in a complex piece of writing may be positioned on more than one plane, almost like a musical scale, introducing a vertical element. Sometimes, circles are linked by diagonal lines while positioned on different vertical planes; two circles linked in this manner probably signify a double vowel. Brackets are placed around certain circles, or chains of linked circles positioned along a line in the midst of unlinked symbols. Some diagonally linked circular pairs have both circles bracketed, some only one, some neither.

Bak: A profanity.

Dee Dah: “Having Trouble”

(“Dee Dah eht suut vahl mey proveet” would be “I’m still having trouble with the transitive verbs”, or, literally, “Having trouble still am I: transitive verbs”).

Eht: “Still”, adverbial, as in “I’m still here”.

Faardah: “Teaching me”

(“Denobula’an faardah tunah mek-Phlox” would be “Dr. Phlox has been teaching me Denobulan”, or, literally, “Denobulan: Teaching me has been Dr.Phlox”).

Garkuhoda: “Insult”. (ENT novel: Rosetta)

Jaa-uu-gah: The act of mating, sexual intercourse.

Kaduu: “Process”.

Kweesah Essah: Literally, “One is impressed”.

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The Denobulans were a humanoid species originally from the planet Denobula, in the Denobula Triaxa star system.


The Denobulans worked with Earth Starfleet on several initiatives, including constructing Cold Station 12 and through the Interspecies Medical Exchange. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "Cold Station 12", et al)

Notable Denobulans

Phlox was a Denobulan doctor serving as the chief medical officer aboard the Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01) in the 2150s. (ENT: "Broken Bow", et al.)

USS Yorktown science officer Deyziel was the first Denobulan in Starfleet. (Star Trek: Origins)

USS Venture operations manager Jonathan Struhlem was half-Denobulan. (Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR))

For most of the 2360s, USS Cantabrian commanding officer Kenzal was the Cantabrian's sixth and only non-human commanding officer. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions)

Starfleet Command promoted Throl to rear admiral in 2371., Throughout the late 24th century, the Denobulan served in Starfleet Fleet Operations, (The Star Eagle Adventures)

Garb was a Denobulan beta shift operations manager aboard the USS Daedalus during the 2370s. (Star Trek: Daedalus)

The USS Bismarck's first officer, Kalana, was Denobulan. (Star Trek: Independence)

In the 2380s, Baxa served as the USS Sojourner's counselor. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Land of my Sojourn")

Deryx served aboard the USS Bluefin in the late 24th century. (Star Trek: Tales of the USS Bluefin)

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