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[uhn-suh-nit, -neyt]
adjective Biology.
  1. hooked; bent at the end like a hook.
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Origin of uncinate

1750–60; < Latin uncīnāt(us) furnished with hooks, equivalent to uncīnus hook (unc(us) hook + -īnus -ine1) + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·un·ci·nate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for uncinate

Historical Examples

  • The pouch here is large, sacculated, uncinate, without reduction of the terminal portion.

    The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity

    George. S. Huntington

  • There are generally thirteen pairs of ribs, and in no case do they have uncinate processes.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The ribs have capitula and tubercula, and often uncinate processes (see p. 190) as in birds.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The peristomium has no setae, and the setae generally are hair-like or uncinate, often forming almost complete rings.

British Dictionary definitions for uncinate


adjective biology
  1. shaped like a hookthe uncinate process of the ribs of certain vertebrates
  2. of, relating to, or possessing uncini
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin uncīnātus, from uncīnus a hook, from uncus
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uncinate in Medicine


(ŭnsə-nāt′, -nĭt)
  1. Unciform.
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