or ar·cu·at·ed

[ahr-kyoo-it, -eyt or ahr-kyoo-ey-tid]


bent or curved like a bow.

Nearby words

  1. arctiid,
  2. arctogaea,
  3. arctogaean,
  4. arctophile,
  5. arcturus,
  6. arcuate artery,
  7. arcuate artery of kidney,
  8. arcuate fiber,
  9. arcuate ligament,
  10. arcuate nuclei

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 formsar·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



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

Word Origin for arcuate

C17: from Latin arcuāre, from arcus arc

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Word Origin and History for arcuate



"bent like a bow," 1620s, from Latin arcuatus "bow-like, arched," past participle of arcuare "to bend like a bow," from arcus "bow" (see arc (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for arcuate


[ärkyōō-ĭt, -āt′]


Formed in the shape of an arc.
Related formsarcu•ate•ly adv.

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