vallate

adjective val·late \ ˈva-ˌlāt \

Definition of vallate

: having a raised edge surrounding a depression
  • vallate papillae of the tongue

Origin and Etymology of vallate

borrowed from New Latin vallātus, going back to Latin, past participle of vallāre "to surround with a rampart, ring round," derivative of vallum "palisade of stakes, rampart," — more at 1wall


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vallate

adjective val·late \ ˈval-ˌāt \

medical Definition of vallate

: having a raised edge surrounding a depression

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