[ pek-tuh-neyt ]
/ ˈpɛk təˌneɪt /


formed into or having closely parallel, toothlike projections; comblike.
Sometimes pec·ti·nat·ed [pek-tuh-ney-tid] /ˈpɛk təˌneɪ tɪd/.

Origin of pectinate

1785–95; < Latin pectinātus past participle of pectināre to comb, equivalent to pectin-, stem of pecten (see pecten) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for pectinate



/ (ˈpɛktɪˌneɪt) /


shaped like a combpectinate antennae

Derived Forms

pectination, noun

Word Origin for pectinate

C18: from Latin pectinātus combed; see pecten
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Medicine definitions for pectinate


[ pĕktə-nāt′ ]


Having projections resembling the teeth of a comb; comblike.

Related forms

pec′ti•nation n.
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