[ juh-nik-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ dʒəˈnɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

adjective Biology.

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

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 forms

ge·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


/ (dʒɪˈnɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) /


biology bent at a sharp anglegeniculate antennae
having a joint or joints capable of bending sharply

Derived Forms

geniculately, 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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Medicine definitions for geniculate


[ jə-nĭkyə-lĭt ]


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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