[lahr-vuh l]
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  1. of, relating to, or in the form of a larva.
  2. Also lar·vate [lahr-veyt] /ˈlɑr veɪt/. (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined.

Origin of larval

From the Latin word larvālis, dating back to 1650–60. See larva, -al1
Related formspost·lar·val, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for larvate

disguised, cabalistic, covert, cryptic, incognito, latent, larvate

Word Origin and History for larvate



1650s, from Latin larvalis, from larva (see larva).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

larvate in Medicine


  1. Being masked or concealed, as a of a disease that has undeveloped, absent, or atypical symptoms.
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