Definitions

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

  • n. A rounded projection, as on the margin of a shell.
  • n. The condition or state of being crenate.
  • n. A process resulting from osmosis in which red blood cells, in a hypertonic solution, undergo shrinkage and acquire a notched or scalloped surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The contraction of, or formation of abnormal notchings around, the edges of a cell after exposure to a hypertonic solution, due to the loss of water through osmosis, especially noticeable in red blood cells.
  • n. A rounded tooth on the edge of a leaf.
  • n. The condition of being crenate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rounded tooth on the edge of a leaf.
  • n. The condition of being crenate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as crenature.

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

  • n. one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)

Etymologies

Latin crenatus, "scalloped" or "notched". (Wiktionary)

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