[ 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.
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Origin of inosculate
First recorded in 1665–75; in-2
OTHER WORDS FROM inosculatein·os·cu·la·tion, noun
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How to use inosculate in a sentence
British Dictionary definitions for inosculate
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 inosculateinosculation, 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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Medical definitions for inosculate
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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