geniculate

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

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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geniculate

adjective
  1. biology bent at a sharp anglegeniculate antennae
  2. 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
adj.

"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

geniculate

[jə-nĭkyə-lĭt]
adj.
  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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