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[juh-nik-yuh-lit, -leyt] /dʒəˈnɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
adjective, Biology
having kneelike joints or bends.
bent at a joint like a knee.
1660-70; < Latin geniculātus knotted, equivalent to genicul(um) small knee; knot (gen(u) knee + -i- -i- + -culum -cule1) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
geniculately, adverb
subgeniculate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for geniculate
  • In the region of the lateral geniculate body it splits into two bands.
  • The afferent or sensory fibers arise from cells in the geniculate ganglion.
  • Sensory information flows through the geniculate nuclei in two parts.
British Dictionary definitions for geniculate


/dʒɪˈnɪkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
(biology) bent at a sharp angle: geniculate antennae
having a joint or joints capable of bending sharply
Derived Forms
geniculately, adverb
geniculation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin geniculātus jointed, from geniculum a little knee, small joint, from genu knee
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Word Origin and History for geniculate

"having knots or joints," 1660s, from Latin geniculatus, from geniculum "little knee, knot on the stalk of a plant," diminutive of genu "knee" (see knee (n.)).

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geniculate in Medicine

geniculate ge·nic·u·late (jə-nĭk'yə-lĭt) or ge·nic·u·lat·ed (-lā'tĭd)

  1. Bent abruptly, as a knee.

  2. Of, relating to, or being the geniculate body or geniculate ganglion.

  3. Having kneelike joints; able to bend at an abrupt angle.

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