geniculate
or geniculated adjective Etymology: Latin geniculatus, from geniculum, diminutive of genu knee — more at knee Date: 1657 bent abruptly at an angle like a bent knee

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  • Geniculate — Ge*nic u*late, a. [L. geniculatus, fr. geniculum little knee, knot or joint, dim. of genu knee. See {Knee}.] Bent abruptly at an angle, like the knee when bent; as, a geniculate stem; a geniculate ganglion; a geniculate twin crystal. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geniculate — Ge*nic u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Geniculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Geniculating}.] To form joints or knots on. [R.] Cockeram. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • geniculate — (adj.) having knots or joints, 1660s, from L. geniculatus, from geniculum little knee, knot on the stalk of a plant, dim. of genu knee (see KNEE (Cf. knee)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • geniculate — [jə nik′yoolāt΄idjə nik′yo͞o lit, jə nik′yo͞olāt΄] adj. [L geniculatus < geniculum, dim. of genu, KNEE] 1. having a kneelike joint 2. bent sharply: Also geniculated [jə nik′yoolāt΄id] …   English World dictionary

  • geniculate — 1. Bent like a knee. SYN: geniculated. 2. Referring to the geniculum of the facial nerve, denoting the ganglion there present. 3. Denoting the lateral or medial g. body. [L. geniculo, pp. atus, to bend the knee, fr. genu …   Medical dictionary

  • geniculate — Bent; having upper part of filament forming more or less obtuse angle with lower, e.g., antennule [McLaughlin, 1980]. Knee like, or displaying an acute angle between two segments. As in geniculate segments 2 and 3 of the antennula [Wilson, 1989] …   Crustacea glossary

  • geniculate — n. [L. dim. genu, knee] 1. Bent; elbowed; bent in an obtuse angle. 2. (ARTHROPODA) The antenna of arthropods, i.e., insects and crustaceans. 3. (ARTHROPODA: Chelicerata) The base of the chelicerae in some spiders …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • geniculate — geniculately, adv. /jeuh nik yeuh lit, layt /, adj. Biol. 1. having kneelike joints or bends. 2. bent at a joint like a knee. [1660 70; < L geniculatus knotted, equiv. to genicul(um) small knee; knot (gen(u) KNEE + i I + culum CULE1) + atus ATE1] …   Universalium

  • geniculate — adjective a) Bent abruptly, with the structure of a knee. b) Having kneelike joints; able to bend at an abrupt angle …   Wiktionary

  • geniculate — adj. jointed; resembling a knee …   English contemporary dictionary

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