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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.


(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


(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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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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As the DIEA approaches the arcuate line, it divides into a medial and lateral branch.
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]].
A RSH might be expected to expand inferiorly through fascial planes to the pubic symphysis or to the prevesicular space, especially if below the arcuate line and between the transversalis fascia and peritoneal planes.