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circinate

[ sur-suh-neyt ]
/ ˈsɜr səˌneɪt /
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adjective
made round; ring-shaped.
Botany, Mycology. rolled up on the axis at the apex, as a leaf or fruiting body.
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Origin of circinate

1820–30; <Latin circinātus (past participle of circināre to make round), equivalent to circin(us) pair of compasses (akin to circus) + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM circinate

cir·ci·nate·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for circinate

circinate
/ (ˈsɜːsɪˌneɪt) /

adjective
botany (of part of a plant, such as a young fern) coiled so that the tip is at the centre
anatomy resembling a ring or a circle

Derived forms of circinate

circinately, adverb

Word Origin for circinate

C19: from Latin circināre to make round, from circinus pair of compasses, from circus, see circus
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Medical definitions for circinate

circinate
[ sûrsə-nāt′ ]

adj.
Circular; ring-shaped.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for circinate

circinate
[ sûrsə-nāt′ ]

Rolled up in the form of a coil with the tip in the center, as an unexpanded fern frond. See more at vernation.
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