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valvate

[ val-veyt ]
/ ˈvæl veɪt /
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adjective

furnished with or opening by a valve or valves.
serving as or resembling a valve.
Botany.
  1. opening by valves, as certain capsules and anthers.
  2. meeting without overlapping, as the parts of certain buds.
  3. composed of or characterized by such parts.

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Origin of valvate

First recorded in 1820–30, valvate is from the Latin word valvātus with folding doors. See valve, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for valvate

valvate
/ (ˈvælveɪt) /

adjective

furnished with a valve or valves
functioning as or resembling a valve
botany
  1. having or taking place by means of valvesvalvate dehiscence
  2. (of petals or sepals in the bud) having the margins touching but not overlapping
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Medical definitions for valvate

valvate
[ vălvāt′ ]

adj.

Having valves or valvelike parts.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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