[ val-veyt ]
/ ˈvæl veɪt /


furnished with or opening by a valve or valves.
serving as or resembling a valve.
  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.

Origin of valvate

First recorded in 1820–30, valvate is from the Latin word valvātus with folding doors. See valve, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for valvate


/ (ˈvælveɪt) /


furnished with a valve or valves
functioning as or resembling a valve
  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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Medicine definitions for valvate


[ vălvāt′ ]


Having valves or valvelike parts.
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