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 (är′kyo͞o-ĭt, -āt′) also ar·cu·at·ed (-ā′tĭd)
Having the form of a bow; curved.

[Latin arcuātus, past participle of arcuāre, to bend like a bow, from arcus, bow.]

ar′cu·ate·ly adv.
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(ˈɑːkjuːɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


shaped or bent like an arc or bow: arcuate leaves; arcuate fibres of the cerebrum.
[C17: from Latin arcuāre, from arcus arc]
ˈarcuately adv
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(ˈɑr kyu ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

curved like a bow.
[1620–30; < Latin arcuātus, past participle of arcuāre to bend <arcus bow]
ar′cu•ate•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arcuate - forming or resembling an archarcuate - forming or resembling an arch; "an arched ceiling"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"
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A hernial sac containing the small intestine was identified intraoperatively, laterally to the rectus abdominis muscle, below the arcuate line, and protruding through a defect of the transversalis fascia and the transversus abdominis muscle.
Hernia seems to be the result of bipedal posture of humans, as a consequence of bearing of intra-abdominal pressure against the lower abdominal wall, below the level of arcuate line. This is compounded by the evolutionary defect in humans- absence of posterior rectus sheath, below the level of arcuate line.
Most of the studies done either to features relating to its total size or to those of various components, such as its inferior border, the greater sciatic notch, the symphysial surface, the acetabulum, the obturator foramen, the arcuate line, or the distance between defined morphological points on its borders [Jovanovic S, Zivanovic S (1965) [1]; Kelley MA (1979) [2]; Maclaughlin SM, Bruce MF (1986) [4]; Milne N (1990) [5]; Schulter-Ellis FP, Hayek LAC (1988) [6]; Singh S, Pottri BR (1978) [7]; Tague RG (1989) [8]; Washburn SL (1948) [9]].