Definition of capitate in English:

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capitate

Pronunciation: /ˈkapɪteɪt/

adjective

Botany & Zoology
Ending in a distinct compact head.
Example sentences
  • In a recent study of Lamiaceae secretory structures, Corsi and Bottega identified four different types of capitate trichomes on the leaves of Salvia officinalis, in addition to peltate trichomes.
  • In the absence of UV-B, both peltate and capitate glands were incompletely developed in both mature and developing leaves, the oil sacs being wrinkled and only partially filled.
  • A description might read, ‘Leaves pubescent with capitate trichomes, or farinose when dry.’

noun

(also capitate bone) Anatomy The largest of the carpal bones, situated at the base of the palm of the hand and articulating with the third metacarpal.
Example sentences
  • The lesion is thought to be caused by attenuation of the ulnar V ligament connecting the capitate with the distal carpal row to the triquetrum of the proximal row.
  • Gymnasts' wrist injury includes distal radius stress fractures, scaphoid stress fracture, avascular necrosis of the capitate, ulnar carpal abutment, and dorsal impingement.
  • The distal row of carpals includes the hamate, capitate, trapezium, and trapezoid, which are closely approximated to the metacarpals.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin capitatus, from caput, capit-, 'head'.

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