invaginate

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verb in·vag·i·nate \in-ˈva-jə-ˌnāt\

Definition of invaginate

invaginated

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invaginating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  enclose, sheathe

  3. 2 :  to fold in so that an outer becomes an inner surface

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo invagination

Origin and Etymology of invaginate

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


Medical Dictionary

invaginate

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verb in·vag·i·nate \in-ˈvaj-ə-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of invaginate

invaginated

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invaginating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cover or enclose (as within the body)

  4. 2:  to fold in so that an outer becomes an inner surface invaginate the sac into the lumen—E. A. Graham

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to undergo invagination a condition in which a portion of the intestine invaginates into the adjacent segment—New England Journal of Medicine


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