[ adjective in-kur-veyt, in-kur-vit; verb in-kur-veyt, in-kur-veyt ]
/ adjective ˈɪn kɜrˌveɪt, ɪnˈkɜr vɪt; verb ˈɪn kɜrˌveɪt, ɪnˈkɜr veɪt /


curved, especially inward.

verb (used with object), in·cur·vat·ed, in·cur·vat·ing.

to make curved; turn from a straight line or course; curve, especially inward.

Origin of incurvate

1570–80; < Latin incurvātus, past participle of incurvāre. See incurve, -ate1

Related forms

in·cur·va·ture [in-kur-vuh-cher] /ɪnˈkɜr və tʃər/, in·cur·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for incurvation


verb (ˈɪnkɜːˌveɪt) incurve (ɪnˈkɜːv)

to curve or cause to curve inwards

adjective (ɪnˈkɜːvɪt, -veɪt)

curved inwards

Derived Forms

incurvation, nounincurvature (ɪnˈkɜːvətʃə), noun

Word Origin for incurvate

C16: from Latin incurvāre (vb)
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Medicine definitions for incurvation


[ ĭn′kûr-vāshən ]


A curvature that turns inward.
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