[juh-nik-yuh-lit, -leyt]

adjective Biology.

having kneelike joints or bends.
bent at a joint like a knee.

Nearby words

  1. geniality,
  2. genially,
  3. genic,
  4. genicular,
  5. genicular vein,
  6. geniculate body,
  7. geniculate ganglion,
  8. geniculate neuralgia,
  9. geniculately,
  10. geniculation

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for geniculate



biology bent at a sharp anglegeniculate antennae
having a joint or joints capable of bending sharply
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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Medicine definitions for geniculate




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

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