or·​bic·​u·​lar ȯr-ˈbi-kyə-lər How to pronounce orbicular (audio)
orbicularly adverb

Examples of orbicular in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English orbiculer, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French orbiculaire, borrowed from Medieval Latin orbiculāris, from Latin orbiculus "circular figure, small disk" (from orbis "disk, circle" + -culus, diminutive suffix) + -āris -ar — more at orb entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orbicular was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Orbicular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orbicular. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


or·​bic·​u·​lar ȯr-ˈbik-yə-lər How to pronounce orbicular (audio)
: encircling a part or opening
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