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[ ih-vaj-uh-neyt ]
/ ɪˈvædʒ əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), e·vag·i·nat·ed, e·vag·i·nat·ing.

to turn inside out, or cause to protrude by eversion, as a tubular organ.

Nearby words

evacuee, evade, evadne, evagation, evaginable, evaginate, evagination, evaluable, evaluate, evaluation, evaluative

Origin of evaginate

1650–60; < Late Latin ēvāgīnātus (past participle of ēvāgīnāre) unsheathed, equivalent to ē- e-1 + vāgīn(a) scabbard, sheath (see vagina) + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·vag·i·na·ble [ih-vaj-uh-nuh-buh l] /ɪˈvædʒ ə nə bəl/, adjectivee·vag·i·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for evagination


/ (ɪˈvædʒɪˌneɪt) /


(tr) med to turn (an organ or part) inside out; turn the outer surface of (an organ or part) back on itself
Derived Formsevagination, noun

Word Origin for evaginate

C17: from Late Latin ēvāgīnāre to unsheathe, from vāgīna sheath
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Word Origin and History for evagination



"to turn (a tube) inside out," 1650s, from Latin evaginatus, past participle of evaginare "to unsheathe," from ex- (see ex-) + vagina (see vagina). Related: Evaginated; evaginating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for evagination


[ ĭ-văj′ə-nāshən ]


The protrusion of some part or organ from its normal position.
Related formse•vagi•nate′ v.
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