ge·​nic·​u·​late jə-ˈni-kyə-lət How to pronounce geniculate (audio)
variants or geniculated
: bent abruptly at an angle like a bent knee

Examples of geniculate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week, in a study in Nature, neuroscientists point to a part of the brain called the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) as the neural key that might make blindsight possible. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2010 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geniculate was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Geniculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ge·​nic·​u·​late -lət How to pronounce geniculate (audio) -ˌlāt How to pronounce geniculate (audio)
: bent abruptly at an angle like a bent knee
: relating to, comprising, or belonging to a geniculate body or geniculate ganglion
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