or punc·tat·ed

[ puhngk-teyt or puhngk-tey-tid ]
/ ˈpʌŋk teɪt or ˈpʌŋk teɪ tɪd /


marked with points or dots; having minute spots or depressions.

Nearby words

  1. punching,
  2. punching bag,
  3. punchless,
  4. punchline,
  5. punchy,
  6. punctate hemorrhage,
  7. punctate hyalosis,
  8. punctate keratitis,
  9. punctate keratoderma,
  10. punctatim

Origin of punctate

1750–60; < New Latin pūnctātus dotted, equivalent to Latin pūnct(um) point, dot + -ātus -ate1

Related formsun·punc·tate, adjectiveun·punc·tat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for punctate



/ (ˈpʌŋkteɪt) /


having or marked with minute spots, holes, or depressions
Derived Formspunctation, noun

Word Origin for punctate

C18: from New Latin punctātus, from Latin punctum a point

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Word Origin and History for punctate



"dotted, marked with dots," 1760, from Modern Latin punctuatus, from Latin punctum "point" (see point). Related: Punctation.

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Medicine definitions for punctate


[ pŭngktāt′ ]


Having tiny spots, points, or depressions.

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