Definition of capacitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈpasɪteɪt/


[with object]
1 formal or archaic Make (someone) capable of a particular action or legally competent to act in a particular way.
Example sentences
  • This is an elegant explanation, one that leads to Mauser's equally elegant peroration: ‘capacitating students to be competent citizens is our birthright.’
  • While I applaud the government's social grant initiatives, I think we need to begin to capacitate people in rural areas to produce food, otherwise what government says will be palliatives.
  • These writers used to meet regularly to thrash out literature, politics or whatever else was the topic of the day - a preparation that capacitated them to accomplish new heights in writing.
1.1 (be capacitated) Physiology (Of spermatozoa) undergo changes inside the female reproductive tract enabling them to penetrate and fertilize an ovum.
Example sentences
  • A preincubated, capacitated sperm suspension was gently added to the freshly ovulated oocytes to give a final motile sperm concentration of 1 x [10.sup.6] / ml.
  • During this time the sperm is undergoing a process of maturation called capacitation without which it is incapable of fertilising an ovum. iii) The ovum and capacitated sperm meet in the fallopian tube.
  • Cathine also stimulated the production of cAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate - a chemical messenger within cells) in uncapacitated sperm whilst inhibiting it in capacitated sperm.



Example sentences
  • The fallopian tubes are also needed for sperm capacitation and egg fertilisation.
  • Preparation techniques have been developed that select sperm with fertilising ability and promote capacitation in the test tube.
  • After sperm have been deposited in the mammalian female reproductive tract, they undergo a process known as capacitation which facilitates fertilization by removing certain inhibitory factors.

Words that rhyme with capacitate

acetate, triacetate

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