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1. Enlarged and globular at the tip, as a bone of the wrist having a rounded knoblike end or the stigma of certain flowers.
2. Having flowers arranged in a dense headlike cluster.

[Latin capitātus, having a head, from caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Botany) botany shaped like a head, as certain flowers or inflorescences
2. (Zoology) zoology having an enlarged headlike end: a capitate bone.
[C17: from Latin capitātus having a (large) head, from caput head]
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(ˈkæp ɪˌteɪt)

1. globose, as certain leaf or flower clusters.
2. enlarged or knob-shaped at the end, as a bone.
[1655–65; < Latin capitātus having a head =capit-, s. of caput head + -ātus -ate1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capitate - the wrist bone with a rounded head shape that articulates with the 3rd metacarpus
carpal, carpal bone, wrist bone - any of the eight small bones of the wrist of primates
Adj.1.capitate - being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
circular, round - having a circular shape
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The Capitate bones can be found on which part of the human body?
The RSC and UC become confuent at their insertion points on the capitate and form the arcuate ligament.
We report a rare case of GCT of Capitate in a 28-year-old male patient.
We present an unusual and complicated course of GCT of the capitate bone which required five surgical procedures within two years.
Staminate inflorescences capitate, 10-12 flowered in a single raceme, peduncle to 10 mm long, pedicels up to 1 mm long; perianth campanulate, 6 mm long, 6-lobed, each lobe 1 mm long; stamens 6 alternate with perianth lobes, anthers bilocular, dorsifixed, elliptic < 1 mm diameter, extrorse, generally 1 or 2 reduced to staminodes; the fine filaments connate basally, borne at the base of a pistillode 3 mm long; lower part of the perianth reduced to 2 or 3 small involucral bracts; indumentum densely short velutinous.
Once the three carpal bones are removed during the PRC procedure, the capitate bone (the largest of the carpal bones, which occupies the center of the wrist) becomes the point where the wrist articulates with the arm; as such, the success of PRC depends on whether a patient's OA has progressed to the capitate cartilage surface.
Add to that a higher proportion of patients receiving Medicaid and Medicare, which pay lower reimbursement rates than most traditional insurance plans, and many black doctors argue that they cannot afford to further capitate their fees.
Peltate and capitate glandular trichomes are distributed both on the upper epidermis and lower epidermis of lamina.
Alternatively, if the capitate (distal carpal row) joint surface is healthy, the proximal row can be excised (PRC) leaving a mobile joint between the radius and the capitate.
Christianson, J., and Gray, D.: What CMHCs Can Learn From Two States' Efforts to Capitate Medicaid Benefits.