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[ puhngk-tuh-fawrm ]
/ ˈpʌŋk təˌfɔrm /


shaped like or of the nature of a point or dot.

Nearby words

punctate hyalosis, punctate keratitis, punctate keratoderma, punctatim, punctation, punctiform, punctilio, punctilious, punctual, punctuality, punctually

Origin of punctiform

1815–25; < Latin pūnct(um) point + -i- + -form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for punctiform

  • The central region contains in its interior the commissural portion, forming a punctiform, rounded mass in each ganglion.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
  • Pores very small and numerous, punctiform, disposed into very numerous parallel transverse rows.

  • Punctiform: Dimensions too slight for defining form by naked eye; minute, raised, hemispherical.

Medicine definitions for punctiform


[ pŭngktə-fôrm′ ]


Very small but not microscopic.
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