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adjective Also mar·gin·at·ed.
  1. having a margin.
  2. Entomology. having the margin of a distinct color: marginate with purple.
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verb (used with object), mar·gin·at·ed, mar·gin·at·ing.
  1. to furnish with a margin; border.
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Origin of marginate

1600–10; < Latin marginātus, past participle of margināre to provide with borders or edges. See margin, -ate1
Related formsmar·gin·a·tion, nounun·mar·gin·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for margination


  1. (tr) to provide with a margin or margins
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  1. biology having a margin of a distinct colour or formmarginate leaves
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Derived Formsmargination, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin margināre
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margination in Medicine


  1. The adhesion of white blood cells to the endothelial cells of blood vessels that occurs at the site of an injury during the early phases of inflammation.
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