[ in-os-kyuh-leyt ]
/ ɪnˈɒs kyəˌleɪt /

verb (used with or without object), in·os·cu·lat·ed, in·os·cu·lat·ing.

to unite by openings, as arteries in anastomosis.
to connect or join so as to become or make continuous, as fibers; blend.
to unite intimately.

Origin of inosculate

First recorded in 1665–75; in-2 + osculate


in·os·cu·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inosculate

/ (ɪnˈɒskjʊˌleɪt) /


physiol (of small blood vessels) to communicate by anastomosis
to unite or be united so as to be continuous; blend
to intertwine or cause to intertwine

Derived forms of inosculate

inosculation, noun

Word Origin for inosculate

C17: from in- ² + Latin ōsculāre to equip with an opening, from ōsculum, diminutive of ōs mouth
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Medicine definitions for inosculate

[ ĭn-ŏskyə-lāt′ ]


To unite parts such as blood vessels, nerve fibers, or ducts by small openings.
To unite so as to be continuous; blend.
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