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maculate

[adj. mak-yuh-lit; v. mak-yuh-leyt] /adj. ˈmæk yə lɪt; v. ˈmæk yəˌleɪt/
adjective
1.
spotted; stained.
2.
Archaic. defiled; impure.
verb (used with object), maculated, maculating. Archaic.
3.
to mark with a spot or spots; stain.
4.
to sully or pollute.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin maculātus (past participle of maculāre to spot, stain). See macula, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for maculating

maculate

verb (ˈmækjʊˌleɪt)
1.
(transitive) to spot, stain, or pollute
adjective (ˈmækjʊlɪt)
2.
spotted or polluted
Word Origin
C15: from Latin maculāre to stain
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Word Origin and History for maculating

maculate

adj.

"spotted," late 15c., from Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain" (see macula). Middle English also had maculation "sexual defilement, sinning" (late 15c.).

v.

early 15c., from Latin maculatus, past participle of maculare "to make spotted, to speckle," from macula "spot, stain" (see macula). Related: Maculated; maculating.

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maculating in Medicine

maculate mac·u·late (māk'yə-lāt')
v. mac·u·lat·ed, mac·u·lat·ing, mac·u·lates
To spot or blemish. adj. (-lĭt)
Spotted or blotched.

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