Definition of circinate in English:

circinate

adjective

  • 1Botany
    Denoting leaves or fronds that are rolled up with the tip in the centre, for example the young frond of a fern.

    • ‘Most also have circinate branch tips, which unroll like the fiddle head of a fern.’
    • ‘Droseraceæ are known from Violaceæ by their circinate leaves.’
  • 2Medicine
    Circular in appearance.

    • ‘Hard exudates may form a circinate pattern around a leaking microaneurysm.’
    • ‘The transilluminated retinal image of the right eye at autopsy shows a circinate, elevated, perimacular retinal fold.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

circinate

/ˈsəːsɪneɪt//ˈsəːsɪnət/