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vermiculate

[verb ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adjective ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt] /verb vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪt; adjective vərˈmɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), vermiculated, vermiculating.
1.
to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
adjective, Also, vermiculated
[ver-mik-yuh-ley-tid] /vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA)
2.
worm-eaten, or appearing as if worm-eaten.
4.
sinuous; tortuous; intricate:
vermiculate thought processes.
Origin of vermiculate
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605, vermiculate is from the Latin word vermiculātus (past participle of vermiculārī to be worm-eaten). See vermicule, -ate1
Related forms
vermiculation, noun
unvermiculated, adjective
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vermiculation

/vɜːˌmɪkjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
(physiol) any wormlike movement, esp of the intestines; peristalsis
2.
decoration consisting of wormlike carving or marks
3.
the state of being worm-eaten

vermiculate

verb (vɜːˈmɪkjʊˌleɪt)
1.
(transitive) to decorate with wavy or wormlike tracery or markings
adjective (vɜːˈmɪkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
2.
vermicular; sinuous
3.
worm-eaten or appearing as if worm-eaten
4.
(of thoughts, etc) insinuating; subtly tortuous
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vermiculātus in the form of worms, from vermis worm
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vermiculation in Medicine

vermiculation ver·mic·u·la·tion (vər-mĭk'yə-lā'shən)
n.
Motion resembling that of a worm, especially the wavelike contractions of the intestine; peristalsis.

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