or punc·tat·ed

[puhngk-teyt or puhngk-tey-tid]
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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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  1. 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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punctate in Medicine


  1. Having tiny spots, points, or depressions.
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