invaginate

verb
in·vag·i·nate | \in-ˈva-jə-ˌnāt \
invaginated; invaginating

Definition of invaginate 

transitive verb

2 : to fold in so that an outer becomes an inner surface

First Known Use of invaginate

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for invaginate

Medieval Latin invaginatus, past participle of invaginare, from Latin in- + vagina sheath

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invaginate

verb
in·vag·i·nate | \in-ˈvaj-ə-ˌnāt \
invaginated; invaginating

Medical Definition of invaginate 

transitive verb

1 : to cover or enclose (as within the body)

2 : to fold in so that an outer becomes an inner surface invaginate the sac into the lumen— E. A. Graham

intransitive verb

: to undergo invagination a condition in which a portion of the intestine invaginates into the adjacent segmentNew England Journal of Medicine

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