capitate

adjective
cap·​i·​tate | \ ˈka-pə-ˌtāt How to pronounce capitate (audio) \

Definition of capitate

1 : forming a head
2 : abruptly enlarged and globose

First Known Use of capitate

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capitate

Latin capitatus headed, from capit-, caput head

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“Capitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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capitate

adjective
cap·​i·​tate | \ ˈkap-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce capitate (audio) \

Medical Definition of capitate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: abruptly enlarged and globular

capitate

noun

Medical Definition of capitate (Entry 2 of 2)

: the largest bone of the wrist that is situated between the hamate and the trapezoid in the distal row of carpal bones and that articulates with the third metacarpal

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