verb (used with object), tes·se·lat·ed, tes·se·lat·ing, adjective


or tes·se·lat·ed



of, relating to, or like a mosaic.
arranged in or having the appearance of a mosaic; checkered.

Origin of tessellated

First recorded in 1685–95; tessellate + -ed2
Related formsun·tes·sel·lat·ed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tesselated



1690s, from Late Latin tessellatus "made of small square stones or tiles," from tessella "small square stone or tile," diminutive of tessera "a cube or square of stone or wood," perhaps from Greek tessera, neuter of tesseres, Ionic variant of tessares "four" (see four), in reference to four corners. Related: Tessellate (1826, adj.; 1791, v.; 1909, n.); tessellating.

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tesselated in Medicine




Composed of or patterned in small squares.
Related formstes′sel•lation n.
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