pennate

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adjective pen·nate \ˈpe-ˌnāt\

Definition of pennate

  1. :  of, relating to, or being usually elongate bilaterally symmetrical diatoms of an order (Pennales) having a raphe or a similar structure

Origin and Etymology of pennate

irregular from New Latin Pennales


First Known Use: 1938


Medical Dictionary

pennate

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adjective pen·nate \ˈpen-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of pennate

  1. :  having a structure like that of a feather; especially :  being a muscle in which fibers extend obliquely from either side of a central tendon


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