American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having projections resembling the teeth of a comb; comblike.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having teeth like a comb; formed as or into a pectination; comb-like in figure; pectinated: as, the pectinate muscles of the heart; pectinate scales of a fish; pectinate armature of the preoperculum.
- Specifically— Having a pecten, pectination, or comb-like part or organ; pectinated: as, the pectinate claw of a bird.
- In botany, having resemblance to the teeth of a comb, or arranged like them: specifically applied to a pinnatifid organ, particularly a leaf, with narrow close segments, like the teeth of a comb.
- In botany, to form an interdigitated arrangement (see pectinated, 2): said of fibrovascular bundles.
- adj. Resembling a comb.
- adj. Having segments which are greatly lengthened to one side.
- adj. mycology striate
- n. chemistry An ester or salt formed of pectinic acid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling the teeth of a comb.
- adj. (Nat. Hist.) Having very narrow, close divisions, in arrangement and regularity resembling those of a comb; comblike. See
Illust.(e) of Antennæ.
- adj. rare Interlaced, like two combs.
- adj. like a comb
“The term pectinate sulcate is employed on account of a series of small elevations on the ridges, giving them a pectinate, or comb-like, appearance.”
“_Polypody_, many footed, by reason of the pectinate fronds.”
“Spikes solitary; spikelets 1-flowered; first glume of the sessile spikelet pectinate 21.”
“The iris becomes attached to the pectinate ligament and to the endothelium of Descemet's membrane.”
“Treacher Collins found, after a careful examination of eyes upon which iridectomy had been performed for glaucoma, that it is extremely rare for the initial section to pass through the pectinate ligament, while Schlemm's canal invariably escapes.”
“Duplicate-pectinate: having the branches of a bipectinated antenna alternately long and short.”
“The aqueous humor drains into the scleral sinuses by passage through the pectinate villi which are analogous in structure and function to the arachnoid villi of the cerebral meninges.”
“By its periphery it is continuous with the ciliary body, and is also connected with the posterior elastic lamina of the cornea by means of the pectinate ligament; its surfaces are flattened, and look forward and backward, the anterior toward the cornea, the posterior toward the ciliary processes and lens.”
“Some of the fibers of this trabecular tissue are continued into the substance of the iris, forming the pectinate ligament of the iris; while others are connected with the forepart of the sclera and choroid.”
“I don't suppose you know that the antennæ of that silvery-winged moth are distinctly pectinate," I said.”
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