lunate

[loo-neyt]
noun
  1. Anatomy. the second bone from the thumb side of the proximal row of bones of the carpus.
  2. a crescent-shaped, microlithic artifact mounted in a haft to form a composite tool, mostly Mesolithic in origin.

Origin of lunate

First recorded in 1770–80, lunate is from the Latin word lūnātus crescent-shaped. See Luna, -ate1
Related formslu·nate·ly, adverbsem·i·lu·nate, adjectivesem·i·lu·nat·ed, adjectivesub·lu·nate, adjectivesub·lu·nat·ed, adjectiveun·lu·nate, adjectiveun·lu·nat·ed, adjective
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lunate

adjective Also: lunated
  1. anatomy botany shaped like a crescent
noun
  1. a crescent-shaped bone forming part of the wrist

Word Origin for lunate

C18: from Latin lūnātus crescent-shaped, from lūnāre, from lūna moon
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Word Origin and History for lunate
adj.

"crescent-shaped," 1777, from Latin lunatus, from luna (see Luna).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lunate in Medicine

lunate

[lōōnāt′]
adj.
  1. Shaped like a crescent.
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