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circumvallate

[ sur-kuhm-val-eyt ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈvæl eɪt /
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adjective

surrounded by or as if by a rampart.
Anatomy. surrounded by a depression or wall-like ridge.

verb (used with object), cir·cum·val·lat·ed, cir·cum·val·lat·ing.

to surround with or as if with a rampart.

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Origin of circumvallate

1655–65; <Latin circumvallātus (past participle of circumvallāre to surround with a wall), equivalent to circum-circum- + vall(um) rampart, wall + -ātus-ate1
cir·cum·val·la·tion, nounnon·cir·cum·val·lat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for circumvallate

circumvallate
/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈvæleɪt) /

verb

(tr) to surround with a defensive fortification
circumvallation, noun
C19: from Latin circumvallāre, from circum- + vallum rampart
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Medical definitions for circumvallate

circumvallate
[ sûr′kəm-vălāt′ ]

adj.

Surrounded by a ridge or wall-like structure.
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