circumvallate


1cir·cum·val·late

verb \-ˈva-ˌlāt\
cir·cum·val·lat·edcir·cum·val·lat·ing

Definition of CIRCUMVALLATE

transitive verb
:  to surround by or as if by a rampart
cir·cum·val·la·tion \-ˌva-ˈlā-shən\ noun

Origin of CIRCUMVALLATE

Latin circumvallatus, past participle of circumvallare to surround with siege works, from circum- + vallum rampart — more at wall
First Known Use: circa 1798

2cir·cum·val·late

adjective \-ˈva-ˌlāt, -ˈva-lət\

Definition of CIRCUMVALLATE

:  being any of approximately 12 large papillae near the back of the tongue each of which is surrounded with a marginal sulcus and supplied with taste buds responsive especially to bitter flavors

First Known Use of CIRCUMVALLATE

circa 1852

cir·cum·val·late

adjective \ˌsər-kəm-ˈval-ˌāt, -ˈval-ət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CIRCUMVALLATE

: enclosed by a ridge of tissue

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