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capitate

[kap-i-teyt] /ˈkæp ɪˌteɪt/
adjective
1.
Botany. forming or shaped like a head or dense cluster.
2.
Biology. having an enlarged or swollen, headlike termination.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin capitātus headed, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
multicapitate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for capitate

capitate

/ˈkæpɪˌteɪt/
adjective
1.
(botany) shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
2.
(zoology) having an enlarged headlike end a capitate bone
Word Origin
C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head
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Word Origin and History for capitate
adj.

"head-shaped," 1660s, from Latin capitatus "headed," from caput "head" (see capitulum).

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capitate in Medicine

capitate cap·i·tate (kāp'ĭ-tāt')
adj.
Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded, knoblike end.

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capitate in Science
capitate
  (kāp'ĭ-tāt')   
Noun  The largest of the carpal bones.

Adjective  Forming a headlike mass or dense cluster, as the flowers of plants in the composite family.
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