[ahr-kyoo-ey-shuh n]


the state of being bent or curved.
the use of arches in building.
a system or grouping of arches.

Nearby words

  1. arcuate fiber,
  2. arcuate ligament,
  3. arcuate nuclei,
  4. arcuate veins of kidney,
  5. arcuate zone,
  6. arcus,
  7. arcus cornealis,
  8. arcus senilis,
  9. ard,
  10. ardeb

Origin of arcuation

1690–1700; < Latin arcuātiōn- (stem of arcuātiō) a curving, equivalent to arcuāt(us) curved (see arcuate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for arcuation



the use of arches or vaults in buildings
an arrangement of arches

Word Origin for arcuation

C17: from Late Latin arcuātiō arch, from Latin arcuāre to curve

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Medicine definitions for arcuation




A curvature.

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