[ loo-neyt ]
/ ˈlu neɪt /


Also lu·nat·ed. being in the shape of a crescent; crescent-shaped.


Anatomy. the second bone from the thumb side of the proximal row of bones of the carpus.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for lunate

/ (ˈluːneɪt) /

adjective Also: lunated

anatomy botany shaped like a crescent


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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Medicine definitions for lunate

[ lōōnāt′ ]


Shaped like a crescent.
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