capitate

adjective

cap·​i·​tate ˈka-pə-ˌtāt How to pronounce capitate (audio)
1
: forming a head
2
: abruptly enlarged and globose

Word History

Etymology

Latin capitatus headed, from capit-, caput head

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of capitate was in 1661

Dictionary Entries Near capitate

Cite this Entry

“Capitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitate. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

capitate

1 of 2 adjective
cap·​i·​tate ˈkap-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce capitate (audio)
: abruptly enlarged and globular

capitate

2 of 2 noun
: 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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