[ suhl-keyt ]
/ ˈsʌl keɪt /


having long, narrow grooves or channels, as plant stems, or being furrowed or cleft, as hoofs.
Sometimes sul·cat·ed.

Origin of sulcate

First recorded in 1750–60, sulcate is from the Latin word sulcātus (past participle of sulcāre to plow). See sulcus, -ate1

Related forms

sul·ca·tion, nounmul·ti·sul·cate, adjectivemul·ti·sul·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sulcation


/ (ˈsʌlkeɪt) /


biology marked with longitudinal parallel groovessulcate stems

Derived Forms

sulcation, noun

Word Origin for sulcate

C18: via Latin sulcātus from sulcāre to plough, from sulcus a furrow
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Medicine definitions for sulcation


[ sŭlkāt′ ]


Having narrow, deep grooves.
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