Origin of conjugate

1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin conjugātus (past participle of conjugāre to yoke together), equivalent to con- con- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·ju·ga·ble [kon-juh-guh-buh l] /ˈkɒn dʒə gə bəl/, adjectivecon·ju·ga·bly, adverbcon·ju·ga·tive, adjectivecon·ju·ga·tor, nounmis·con·ju·gate, verb, mis·con·ju·gat·ed, mis·con·ju·gat·ing.non·con·ju·gate, adjective, nounun·con·ju·gat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conjugative


verb (ˈkɒndʒʊˌɡeɪt)

(tr) grammar to inflect (a verb) systematically; state or set out the conjugation of (a verb)
(intr) (of a verb) to undergo inflection according to a specific set of rules
(tr) to join (two or more substances) together, esp in such a way that the resulting substance may easily be turned back into its original components
(intr) biology to undergo conjugation
(tr) obsolete to join together, esp in marriage

adjective (ˈkɒndʒʊɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

joined together in pairs; coupled
  1. (of two angles) having a sum of 360°
  2. (of two complex numbers) differing only in the sign of the imaginary part as 4 + 3i and 4 – 3i
  3. (of two algebraic numbers) being roots of the same irreducible algebraic equation with rational coefficients3 ± 2 √2 are conjugate algebraic numbers, being roots of x² – 6 x + 1
  4. (of two elements of a square matrix) interchanged when the rows and columns are interchanged
  5. (of two arcs) forming a complete circle or other closed curved figure
chem of, denoting, or concerning the state of equilibrium in which two liquids can exist as two separate phases that are both solutions. The liquid that is the solute in one phase is the solvent in the other
another word for conjugated
chem (of acids and bases) related by loss or gain of a protonCl is the conjugate base of HCl; HCl is the conjugate acid of Cl
  1. joined by a reciprocal relationship, such as in the case of two quantities, points, etc, that are interchangeable with respect to the properties of each of them
  2. (of points connected with a lens) having the property that an object placed at one point will produce an image at the other point
(of a compound leaf) having one pair of leaflets
(of words) cognate; related in origin

noun (ˈkɒndʒʊɡɪt)

one of a pair or set of conjugate substances, values, quantities, words, etc
Derived Formsconjugable, adjectiveconjugately, adverbconjugateness, nounconjugative, adjectiveconjugator, noun

Word Origin for conjugate

C15: from Latin conjugāre to join together, from com- together + jugāre to marry, connect, from jugum a yoke
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Word Origin and History for conjugative



1520s, in grammatical sense; 1560s in literal sense, from Latin coniugatus, past participle of coniugare "to yoke together" (see conjugal). Earlier as an adjective (late 15c.). Related: Conjugated; conjugating.

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Medicine definitions for conjugative




To undergo conjugation.


Joined together, especially in pairs.
Pertaining to an acid and a base that are related by the difference of a proton.


A distance between the points on the periphery of the pelvic canal, especially the promontory of the sacrum and the upper edge of the pubic symphysis.anteroposterior diameter conjugate diameter conjugate of inlet internal conjugate true conjugate
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