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rotatory

[ roh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

pertaining to or of the nature of rotation: rotatory motion.
rotating, as an object.
passing or following in rotation or succession.
causing rotation, as a muscle.

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Origin of rotatory

1745–55; <New Latin rotātōrius, equivalent to Latin rotā(re) (see rotate1) + -tōrius-tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM rotatory

un·ro·ta·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rotatory

rotatory

less commonly rotative (ˈrəʊtətɪv)

/ (ˈrəʊtətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

of, relating to, possessing, or causing rotation

Derived forms of rotatory

rotatively, adverb
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Medical definitions for rotatory

rotatory
[ rōtə-tôr′ē ]

adj.

Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by rotation.
Occurring or proceeding in alternation or succession.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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