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[juh-nik-yuh-lit, -leyt]
adjective Biology.
  1. having kneelike joints or bends.
  2. bent at a joint like a knee.
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Origin of geniculate

1660–70; < Latin geniculātus knotted, equivalent to genicul(um) small knee; knot (gen(u) knee + -i- -i- + -culum -cule1) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsge·nic·u·late·ly, adverbsub·ge·nic·u·late, adjective
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Examples from the Web for geniculate

Historical Examples of geniculate

  • Geniculate, bent abruptly, like a knee (genu), as many stems.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Scape: the long basal joint of a geniculate antenna in Coleoptera; usually applied to the three basal joints, as in Hymenoptera.

  • Elaters simple or branched, often geniculate, more or less heteromorphous, the fibres wanting or indistinct.

British Dictionary definitions for geniculate


  1. biology bent at a sharp anglegeniculate antennae
  2. having a joint or joints capable of bending sharply
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Derived Formsgeniculately, adverbgeniculation, noun

Word Origin for geniculate

C17: from Latin geniculātus jointed, from geniculum a little knee, small joint, from genu knee
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Word Origin and History for geniculate


"having knots or joints," 1660s, from Latin geniculatus, from geniculum "little knee, knot on the stalk of a plant," diminutive of genu "knee" (see knee (n.)).

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geniculate in Medicine


  1. Bent abruptly, as a knee.
  2. Of, relating to, or being the geniculate body or geniculate ganglion.
  3. Having kneelike joints; able to bend at an abrupt angle.
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