Meaning of invaginate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈvadʒɪneɪt/


Anatomy Biology
be invaginated
  • Be turned inside out or folded back on itself to form a cavity or pouch.

    ‘In some areas, the lining cells invaginated into the underlying fibrous tissue and appeared as glandlike structures.’
    • ‘In the present study, transversely fractured and thin-sectioned images indicate that the pigment granule membrane is invaginated.’
    • ‘The base of the cuticular layer had a finely invaginated appearance.’
    • ‘Flat or invaginated basalia are rare in genera in either family.’
    • ‘Walls bend sharply from rounded part of hemisphere to flattened part, and then slope inward toward apparently invaginated aperture.’


Mid 17th century back-formation from invagination.