Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.

Origin of capitate

1655–65; < Latin capitātus headed, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus -ate1
Related formsmul·ti·cap·i·tate, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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botany shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
zoology having an enlarged headlike enda capitate bone

Word Origin for capitate

C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head
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Word Origin and History for capitate

"head-shaped," 1660s, from Latin capitatus "headed," from caput "head" (see capitulum).

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capitate in Medicine




Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded, knoblike end.
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capitate in Science




The largest of the carpal bones.


Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.
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