determinate


de·ter·mi·nate

adjective \di-ˈtər-mə-nət\

: definitely known or decided

Full Definition of DETERMINATE

1
:  having defined limits <a determinate period of time>
2
:  definitely settled <a determinate order of precedence>
3
:  conclusively determined :  definitive <a determinate answer>
4
:  characterized by sequential flowering from the central or uppermost bud to the lateral or basal buds; also :  characterized by growth in which the main stem ends in an inflorescence and stops growing with only branches from the main stem having further and similarly restricted growth <determinate tomato plants> — compare indeterminate 4
5
:  relating to, being, or undergoing egg cleavage in which each division irreversibly separates portions of the zygote with specific potencies for further development
de·ter·mi·nate·ly adverb
de·ter·mi·nate·ness noun

Examples of DETERMINATE

  1. a determinate period of time
  2. <a determinate order of succession to the throne>

Origin of DETERMINATE

Middle English, from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare
First Known Use: 14th century

de·ter·mi·nate

adjective \di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DETERMINATE

: relating to, being, or undergoing determinate cleavage <a determinate egg>

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