pectinate

adjective
pec·​ti·​nate | \ ˈpek-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce pectinate (audio) \

Definition of pectinate

: having narrow parallel projections or divisions suggestive of the teeth of a comb pectinate antennae

Other Words from pectinate

pectination \ ˌpek-​tə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce pectinate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of pectinate

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pectinate

Latin pectinatus, from pectin-, pecten comb; akin to Greek kten-, kteis comb

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“Pectinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectinate. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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pectinate

adjective
pec·​ti·​nate | \ ˈpek-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce pectinate (audio) \

Medical Definition of pectinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having narrow parallel projections or divisions suggestive of the teeth of a comb

pectinate

noun

Medical Definition of pectinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a salt or ester of a pectinic acid

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