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[verb jem-uh-neyt; adjective, noun jem-uh-nit, -neyt]
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verb (used with or without object), gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing.
  1. to make or become doubled or paired.
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  1. Also gem·i·nat·ed. combined or arranged in pairs; twin; coupled.
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  1. Phonetics. a doubled consonant sound.
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Origin of geminate

1590–1600; < Latin geminātus doubled (past participle of gemināre), equivalent to gemin- double + -ātus -ate1
Related formsgem·i·nate·ly, adverbnon·gem·i·nate, adjective, noun
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adjective (ˈdʒɛmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt) Also: geminated
  1. combined in pairs; doubleda geminate leaf; a geminate consonant
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verb (ˈdʒɛmɪˌneɪt)
  1. to arrange or be arranged in pairsthe ``t''s in ``fitted'' are geminated
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Derived Formsgeminately, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin gemināre to double, from geminus born at the same time, twin
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Word Origin and History for geminate


"duplicated, found in pairs," 1590s, from Latin geminatus "twinned, equal," past participle of geminare "to double, repeat," related to geminus "twin," perhaps from PIE *yem- "to pair." As a verb, from 1630s. Related: Geminated; geminating.

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geminate in Medicine


(jĕmə-nĭt, -nāt′)
  1. Occurring in pairs.
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