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.

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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Medicine definitions for punctate


[ pŭngktāt′ ]


Having tiny spots, points, or depressions.

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