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[sur-kuh m-val-eyt]
  1. surrounded by or as if by a rampart.
  2. Anatomy. surrounded by a depression or wall-like ridge.
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verb (used with object), cir·cum·val·lat·ed, cir·cum·val·lat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formscir·cum·val·la·tion, nounnon·cir·cum·val·lat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples of circumvallate

  • The circumvallate papill may also be enlarged, and the fungiform papill are sometimes very prominent and deeply congested.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • In many of the fungiform and most of the circumvallate papillæ are peculiar structures called taste buds or taste goblets.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

British Dictionary definitions for circumvallate


  1. (tr) to surround with a defensive fortification
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Derived Formscircumvallation, noun

Word Origin for circumvallate

C19: from Latin circumvallāre, from circum- + vallum rampart
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circumvallate in Medicine


  1. Surrounded by a ridge or wall-like structure.
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