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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
Related formscir·ci·nate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for circinate


  1. botany (of part of a plant, such as a young fern) coiled so that the tip is at the centre
  2. anatomy resembling a ring or a circle
Derived Formscircinately, 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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circinate in Medicine


  1. Circular; ring-shaped.
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circinate in Science


  1. 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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