invaginate

[ verb in-vaj-uh-neyt; adjective in-vaj-uh-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb ɪnˈvædʒ əˌneɪt; adjective ɪnˈvædʒ ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), in·vag·i·nat·ed, in·vag·i·nat·ing.

to insert or receive, as into a sheath; sheathe.
to fold or draw (a tubular organ) back within itself; intussuscept.

verb (used without object), in·vag·i·nat·ed, in·vag·i·nat·ing.

to become invaginated; undergo invagination.
to form a pocket by turning in.

adjective

folded or turned back upon itself.

Nearby words

  1. inuvik,
  2. inv.,
  3. invade,
  4. invader,
  5. invaginable,
  6. invagination,
  7. invalid,
  8. invalidate,
  9. invalidation,
  10. invalides, hôtel des

Origin of invaginate

1650–60; < Medieval Latin invāgīnātus, past participle of invāgīnāre to sheathe. See in-2, vaginate

Related formsun·in·vag·i·nat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for invaginate

invaginate

verb (ɪnˈvædʒɪˌneɪt)

pathol to push one section of (a tubular organ or part) back into itself so that it becomes ensheathed; intussuscept
(intr) (of the outer layer of an organism or part) to undergo invagination

adjective (ɪnˈvædʒɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

(of an organ or part) folded back upon itself
Derived Formsinvaginable, adjective

Word Origin for invaginate

C19: from Medieval Latin invāgīnāre, from Latin in- ² + vāgīna sheath

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Word Origin and History for invaginate

invaginate

v.

1650s, from Medieval Latin invaginatus, past participle of invaginare "to put into a sheath," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + vagina "a sheath" (see vagina). Related: Invaginated; invagination.

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Medicine definitions for invaginate

invaginate

[ ĭn-văjə-nāt′ ]

v.

To infold or become infolded so as to form a hollow space within a previously solid structure, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.

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