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  1. of or relating to a lens.
  2. biconvex; convexo-convex.
  3. resembling the seed of a lentil in form; lentil-shaped.
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Origin of lenticular

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin lenticulāris lentillike, equivalent to lenticul(a) (see lenticle) + -āris -ar1
Related formslen·tic·u·lar·ly, adverbpost·len·tic·u·lar, adjectivesub·len·tic·u·lar, adjective
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lentiform (ˈlɛntɪˌfɔːm)

  1. Also: lentoid (ˈlɛntɔɪd) shaped like a biconvex lens
  2. of or concerned with a lens or lenses
  3. shaped like a lentil seed
  4. of or relating to a galaxy with a large central bulge, small disc, but no spiral arms, intermediate in shape between spiral and elliptical galaxies
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin lenticulāris like a lentil
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Word Origin and History for lenticular


early 15c., from Late Latin lenticularis, from lenticula "a small lentil," diminutive of lens "lentil" (see lentil). Related: Lenticularity.

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lenticular in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a lens.
  2. Shaped like a biconvex lens.
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