or ar·cu·at·ed

[ ahr-kyoo-it, -eyt or ahr-kyoo-ey-tid ]
/ ˈɑr kyu ɪt, -ˌeɪt or ˈɑr kyuˌeɪ tɪd /


bent or curved like a bow.

Origin of arcuate

1620–30; < Latin arcuātus bent like a bow, curved (past participle of arcuāre), equivalent to arcu-, stem of arcus bow + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

ar·cu·ate·ly, adverbsub·ar·cu·ate, adjectivesub·ar·cu·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arcuate


/ (ˈɑːkjuːɪt, -ˌeɪt) /


shaped or bent like an arc or bowarcuate leaves; arcuate fibres of the cerebrum Also: arcuated

Derived Forms

arcuately, adverb

Word Origin for arcuate

C17: from Latin arcuāre, from arcus arc
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Medicine definitions for arcuate


[ ärkyōō-ĭt, -āt′ ]


Formed in the shape of an arc.

Related forms

arcu•ate•ly adv.
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