a) To fold up or enclose into a sheath-like or pouch-like structure, either naturally or as part of a surgical procedure.
b) To turn or fold inwardly.

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  • Invaginate — In*vag i*nate, Invaginated In*vag i*na ted, a. (Biol.) (a) Sheathed. (b) Having one portion of a hollow organ drawn back within another portion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Invaginate — In*vag i*nate, v. t. To insert as in a sheath; to produce intussusception in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invaginate — (v.) 1650s, from M.L. invaginatus, pp. of invaginare to put into a sheath, from L. in “in” (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + vagina “a sheath” (see VAGINA (Cf. vagina)). Related: Invaginated; invagination …   Etymology dictionary

  • invaginate — [in vaj′ə nāt΄] vt. invaginated, invaginating [< ML invaginatus, pp. of invaginare < L in , in + vagina, a sheath] 1. to place or receive into a sheath 2. INTUSSUSCEPT vi. 1. to become invaginated 2. to grow inward to fo …   English World dictionary

  • invaginate — To ensheathe, infold, or insert a structure within itself or another. [L. in, in, + vagina, a sheath] * * * in·vag·i·nate in vaj ə .nāt vb, nat·ed; nat·ing vt 1) to cover or enclose (as within the body) 2) to fold in so that an outer becomes an… …   Medical dictionary

  • invaginate — verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: Medieval Latin invaginatus, past participle of invaginare, from Latin in + vagina sheath Date: circa 1656 transitive verb 1. enclose, sheathe 2. to fold in so that an outer becomes an inner surface intransitive… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • invaginate — v. /in vaj euh nayt /; adj. /in vaj euh nit, nayt /, v., invaginated, invaginating, adj. v.t. 1. to insert or receive, as into a sheath; sheathe. 2. to fold or draw (a tubular organ) back within itself; intussuscept. v.i. 3. to become… …   Universalium

  • invaginate — v. draw within itself, fold within itself (of the intestines) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • invaginate — in·vag·i·nate …   English syllables

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