capitate
adjective Etymology: Latin capitatus headed, from capit-, caput head Date: 1661 1. forming a head 2. abruptly enlarged and globose

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  • Capitate — Cap i*tate (k[a^]p [i^]*t[asl]t), a. [L. capitatus fr. caput head.] 1. Headlike in form; also, having the distal end enlarged and rounded, as the stigmas of certain flowers. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Having the flowers gathered into a head. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capitate — 1660s, from L. capitatus headed, from caput head (see HEAD (Cf. head)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • capitate — [kap′i tāt΄] adj. [L capitatus, having a head < caput, HEAD] 1. enlarged at the head or tip 2. head shaped, as some flowers …   English World dictionary

  • capitate — adj. [L. caput, head] An apical knoblike enlargement or a headlike structure; capitate antenna or hairs …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • capitate — 1. adjective a) Having a large and globular tip. b) Forming a dense cluster. 2. noun (anatomy) The capitate bone of the wrist …   Wiktionary

  • capitate — 1. The largest of the carpal bones; located in the distal row. SYN: os capitatum [TA], c. bone, magnum, os magnum. 2. Head shaped; having a rounded extremity. [L. caput (capit ), head] * * * cap·i·tate kap ə .tāt adj abruptly enlarged and… …   Medical dictionary

  • capitate — [ kapɪteɪt] adjective Botany & Zoology ending in a distinct compact head. noun (also capitate bone) Anatomy the largest of the carpal bones, situated at the base of the palm of the hand. Origin C17: from L. capitatus, from caput, capit , head …   English new terms dictionary

  • capitate — I. /ˈkæpəteɪt/ (say kapuhtayt) adjective having a globular head; collected in a head. {Latin capitātus having a head} II. /ˈkæpəteɪt/ (say kapuhtayt) noun Anatomy a small bone in the distal row of the carpus. {New Latin capitātum (adjective), in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • capitate — I noun the wrist bone with a rounded head shape that articulates with the 3rd metacarpus • Syn: ↑capitate bone, ↑os capitatum • Hypernyms: ↑carpal bone, ↑carpal, ↑wrist bone II …   Useful english dictionary

  • capitate — /kap i tayt /, adj. 1. Bot. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster. 2. Biol. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination. [1655 65; < L capitatus headed, equiv. to capit (s. of caput) head + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

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