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geniculate

[ juh-nik-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ dʒəˈnɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
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adjective Biology.
having kneelike joints or bends.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM geniculate

ge·nic·u·late·ly, adverbsub·ge·nic·u·late, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geniculate

geniculate
/ (dʒɪˈnɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) /

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

Derived forms of geniculate

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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Medical definitions for geniculate

geniculate
[ jə-nĭkyə-lĭt ]

adj.
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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