or cre·nat·ed

[ kree-neyt or kree-ney-tid ]
/ ˈkri neɪt or ˈkri neɪ tɪd /


having the margin notched or scalloped so as to form rounded teeth, as a leaf.

Origin of crenate

1785–95; < New Latin crēnātus, equivalent to Latin crēn(a) a notch, serration (a word occurring in some manuscripts of Pliny, identified with a semantically related set of Rom words; see crenel) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for crenate


crenated (ˈkriːneɪtɪd)

/ (ˈkriːneɪt) /


having a scalloped margin, as certain leaves

Derived Forms

crenately, adverb

Word Origin for crenate

C18: from New Latin crēnātus, from Medieval Latin, probably from Late Latin crēna a notch
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Medicine definitions for crenate


[ krēnāt′ ]


Having a margin with low, rounded or scalloped projections or indentations.

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