ru·​gose | \ ˈrü-ˌgōs How to pronounce rugose (audio) \

Definition of rugose

1 : full of wrinkles rugose cheeks
2 : having the veinlets sunken and the spaces between elevated rugose leaves of the sage

Other Words from rugose

rugosity \ rü-​ˈgä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce rugose (audio) \ noun

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Rugose was borrowed into English in the late 17th century from the Latin adjective rugosus ("wrinkled"), which itself derives from "ruga" ("wrinkle"). One descendant of "ruga" that you'll probably recognize is "corrugate," which initially meant "to form or shape into wrinkles or folds." Another, which might be more familiar to scientists, is rugulose, meaning "finely wrinkled." In addition, there is the noun "rugosity," which can refer to either the quality or state of being full of wrinkles or an individual wrinkled place.

First Known Use of rugose

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rugose

Latin rugosus, from ruga

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“Rugose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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ru·​gose | \ ˈrü-ˌgōs How to pronounce rugose (audio) \

Medical Definition of rugose

: having many wrinkles rugose skin


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