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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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End cells rounded, sometimes capitates or with narrow calyptras.
The expenditures examined only include direct payments for medical care or capitates premiums and do not include administrative costs incurred by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
Margin teeth crenulate, cephalic and first abdominal setae capitates; caudal furrow with irregular markings; a row of papillae numbering about 50 on submargin takahashii (David & Subramaniam) --.
The trichobothria are capitates, partly or not covered by lateral margins of the prodorsal shield.
The yellow inflorescences are arranged in terminal capitates heads (4,5,18) (Figure 2).
Cheilocystidia clavate to sub- clavate, tapering toward base, some sub-cylidrucal and capitates, normally, size varies 29.5-39.5 x 8.5-16.5 (Mu)m, thin walled, hyaline to pale yellow in 5 (Percent) KOH, with no contents.
The researchers performed high-resolution CT scans of the central wrist bones, called capitates, of a modern orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee and person to see how these bones differ between arboreal animals and more terrestrial ones, reports Discovery News.