ge·​nic·​u·​late | \ jə-ˈni-kyə-lət How to pronounce geniculate (audio) \
variants: or geniculated \ jə-​ˈni-​kyə-​ˌlā-​təd How to pronounce geniculate (audio) \

Definition of geniculate

: bent abruptly at an angle like a bent knee

Examples of geniculate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In humans, this ventral pathway begins in the eyes and proceeds to the lateral geniculate nucleus in the thalamus, a sort of relay station for sensory information. Quanta Magazine, 28 Oct. 2020 The lateral geniculate nucleus connects to an area called V1 in the primary visual cortex, downstream of which lie areas V2 and V4, which finally lead to the inferior temporal cortex. Quanta Magazine, 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of geniculate

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for geniculate

Latin geniculatus, from geniculum, diminutive of genu knee — more at knee entry 1

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“Geniculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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ge·​nic·​u·​late | \ -lət How to pronounce geniculate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce geniculate (audio) \

Medical Definition of geniculate

1 : bent abruptly at an angle like a bent knee
2 : relating to, comprising, or belonging to a geniculate body or geniculate ganglion geniculate neurons


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