Definition of circinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəːsɪnət/
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːsɪneɪt/


1 Botany Denoting leaves or fronds that are rolled up with the tip in the centre, for example the young frond of a fern.
Example sentences
  • Most also have circinate branch tips, which unroll like the fiddle head of a fern.
  • Droseraceæ are known from Violaceæ by their circinate leaves.
2 Medicine Circular in appearance.
Example sentences
  • The transilluminated retinal image of the right eye at autopsy shows a circinate, elevated, perimacular retinal fold.
  • Hard exudates may form a circinate pattern around a leaking microaneurysm.


Early 19th century: from Latin circinatus, past participle of circinare 'make round', from circinus 'pair of compasses'.

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