coarctate

adjective co·arc·tate \(ˈ)kō¦ärkˌtāt, -tə̇t\

Definition of coarctate

biology

  1. :  pressed together :  closely connected; specifically :  enclosed in a rigid case formed from the last larval skin —used of insect pupae

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of coarctate

Latin coarctatus, past participle of coarctare, coartare to press together, contract, from co- + artare, from artus narrow, confined; akin to Latin artus joint — more at article


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up coarctate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

acid in temper, mood, or tone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!