[ 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.
folded or turned back upon itself.
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Origin of invaginate
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British Dictionary definitions for invaginate
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 forms of invaginateinvaginable, adjective
Word Origin for invaginate
C19: from Medieval Latin invāgīnāre, from Latin in- ² + vāgīna sheath
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Medical definitions for invaginate
[ ĭn-văj′ə-nāt′ ]
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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