orbicular

[awr-bik-yuh-ler]
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Origin of orbicular

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin orbiculāris circular, equivalent to Latin orbicul(us) small disk (orbi(s) orb + -culus -cule1) + -āris -ar1
Related formsor·bic·u·lar·i·ty, or·bic·u·lar·ness, nounor·bic·u·lar·ly, adverbsub·or·bic·u·lar, adjectivesub·or·bic·u·lar·ly, adverbsub·or·bic·u·lar·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orbicular

orbicular

orbiculate or orbiculated

adjective
  1. circular or spherical
  2. (of a leaf or similar flat part) circular or nearly circular
  3. rare rounded or total
Derived Formsorbicularity (ɔːˌbɪkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounorbicularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for orbicular
adj.

"round, circular, spherical," mid-15c., from Old French orbiculaire "round, circular," or directly from Late Latin orbicularis "circular, orbicular," from Latin orbiculus, diminutive of orbis "circle" (see orb). Related: Orbicularity.

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orbicular in Medicine

orbicular

[ôr-bĭkyə-lər]
adj.
  1. Circular.
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