stel·​late ˈste-ˌlāt How to pronounce stellate (audio)
: resembling a star (as in shape)

Examples of stellate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The treatment involves injecting an anesthetic into the stellate ganglion — a tangle of nerves in the neck that deliver signals to the head, neck, arms and upper chest. Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 It's called a stellate ganglion block. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 31 Mar. 2023 Results from a new clinical trial of active-duty service members have shown that an injection in the neck called stellate ganglion block, or SGB, is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Heather Abbott, CBS News, 6 Nov. 2019 The U.S. Army is researching an anesthetic injection​ called a stellate ganglion block ​that could relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 12 June 2017

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Word History


Latin stella

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stellate was in 1661

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“Stellate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


stel·​late ˈste-ˌlāt How to pronounce stellate (audio)
: shaped like a star
a stellate ulcer
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