Definition of subpatent in English:

subpatent

adjective

  • 1Botany. Of a part of a plant: somewhat or partially patent.

  • 2Medicine. Of a parasite or parasitic infection: present but not detectable by standard laboratory methods; compare "patent".

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Hooker (1785–1865), botanist. From sub- + patent, originally after scientific Latin subpatens, specific use of present participle of classical Latin subpatēre to lie open or outspread (2nd cent. a.d. in Apuleius).

Pronunciation

subpatent

/ˌsʌbˈpeɪtnt/