Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Biology Having a latticelike structure or appearance: clathrate foliage.
  • adj. Chemistry Of or relating to inclusion complexes in which molecules of one substance are completely enclosed within the crystal structure of another.
  • n. Chemistry A clathrate compound, such as urea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a lattice-like structure
  • adj. of an inclusion complex in which molecules of one compound are enclosed within the crystal structure of another
  • n. a clathrate compound

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shaped like a lattice; cancellate.
  • adj. Having the surface marked with raised lines resembling a lattice, as many shells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany and zoology, latticed; divided like latticework; specifically, in entomology, clathrose. Also clathroid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designating or relating to a compound in which one component is physically enclosed within the crystal structure of another
  • adj. having a latticelike structure pierced with holes or windows

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin clāthrātus, past participle of clāthrāre, to furnish with a lattice, from clāthrī, clātra, lattice, from Greek klēithra, pl. of klēithron, door bar, from kleiein, to close.

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    January 21, 2013

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    August 7, 2008