/koh ahrk"tayt, -tit/, adj.
(of a pupa) having the body enclosed in a hardened shell or puparium.
[1375-1425 for sense "confined, restricted," 1810-20 for current sense; late ME < L coarctatus, var. of COARTATUS (ptp. of coartare to press together), equiv. to co- CO- + art(us) tight (see ARTICLE) + -atus -ATE1]

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  • Coarctate — Co*arc tate, a. [L. coarctatus, p. p. of coarctare to press together; co + arctare to press together, from arctus, p. p. See {Arctation}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Pressed together; closely connected; applied to insects having the abdomen separated from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coarctate — index decrease Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • coarctate — [kō ärk′tāt΄] adj. [< L coarctatus, pp. of coarctare, to press together < co , together + artare, to press together < artus, fitted, narrow < artus, a joint (see ART1): sp. infl. by assoc. with arcere, to enclose] Biol. 1. compressed… …   English World dictionary

  • Coarctate — Coarct Co*arct , Coarctate Co*arc tate, v. t. [See {Coarctate}, a.] 1. To press together; to crowd; to straiten; to confine closely. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To restrain; to confine. [Obs.] Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coarctate — enclosed enclosed adj. surrounded or closed in, usually on all sides. Opposite of {unenclosed}. [Narrower terms: {basined}; {capsulate, capsulated}; {closed, closed in(predicate)}; {coarctate}; {confined, fenced in, penned}; {embedded, fixed};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coarctate — adj. [L. coarctatus, compressed] 1. Crowded together; compressed; contracted. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Having the abdomen separated from the thorax by a constriction …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • coarctate — adjective a) constricted, narrowed or compressed b) enclosed in a rigid case See Also: coarctation …   Wiktionary

  • coarctate — 1. SYN: coarct. 2. Pressed together. * * * co·arc·tate (ko ahrkґtāt) 1. to press close together or contract. 2. pressed together or restrained …   Medical dictionary

  • coarctate — adj. having a hard covering, shelled (about an insect or chrysalis); pressed together; constricted, narrowed (Medicine) v. (Medicine) press close together; become pressed together; become constricted or narrowed (of blood vessels, canals or other …   English contemporary dictionary

  • coarctate — [kəʊ α:kteɪt] adjective chiefly Anatomy & Biology compressed; contracted. Origin ME: from L. coarctat , coarctare press or draw together …   English new terms dictionary

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