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1. Edged with toothlike projections; toothed: dentate leaves.
2. Chemistry Having a binding site. Used of ligands.

[Latin dentātus, from dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]

den′tate′ly adv.
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1. (Biology) having teeth or toothlike processes
2. (Botany) (of leaves) having a toothed margin
[C19: from Latin dentātus]
ˈdentately adv
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(ˈdɛn teɪt)

having a toothed margin or toothlike projections or processes: a dentate leaf.
[1800–10; < Latin dentātus=dent-, s. of dēns tooth + -ātus -ate1]
den′tate•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dentate - having toothlike projections in the margin
rough - of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
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A total of 30 dentate subjects were selected from the department of Prosthodontics, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore.
A linear straight stapler was used to divide the prolapse in the right and left lateral quadrants approximately 2 cm above the dentate line (Figures 1,2).
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For many years, memory loss was treated as a singular disorder, but now scientists realized that Alzheimer's disease begins in a part of the brain called the entorhinal cortex, which lies at the foot of the hippocampus while the age-related memory loss, a far more common memory disorder, began within the hippocampus itself, in a region called the dentate gyrus.
On the other hand, age-related memory loss, begins within the hippocampus itself, in a region called the dentate gyrus, Kandel said.
They found better connectivity between the hippocampal dentate gyrus and the cortex - which is linked to detailed memory processing.
Key biomechanical stabilizers of the brainstem inside the spinal column are the dentate ligaments.