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Definitions for invaginate
ɪnˈvædʒ əˌneɪt; -nɪt, -ˌneɪtin·vagi·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invaginateverb


    "The chrysalis is invaginated"

  2. invaginate, introvertverb

    fold inwards

    "some organs can invaginate"


  1. invaginateverb

    To fold up or enclose into a sheath-like or pouch-like structure, either naturally or as part of a surgical procedure.

  2. invaginateverb

    To turn or fold inwardly.

  3. invaginateverb

    Infolding to create a hollow space where none had existed, as with a gastrula forming from a blastula.


  1. invaginate

    Invagination is the process of a surface folding in on itself to form a cavity, pouch or tube. In developmental biology, invagination is a mechanism that takes place during gastrulation. This mechanism or cell movement happens mostly in the vegetal pole. Invagination consists of the folding of an area of the exterior sheet of cells towards the inside of the blastula. In each organism, the complexity will be different depending on the number of cells. Invagination can be referenced as one of the steps of the establishment of the body plan. The term, originally used in embryology, has been adopted in other disciplines as well. There is more than one type of movement for invagination. Two common types are axial and orthogonal. The difference between the production of the tube formed in the cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix. Axial can be formed at a single point along the axis of a surface. Orthogonal is linear and trough.


  1. invaginate

    Invaginate is a verb which means to infold or to become folded like a pouch or sac. It can refer to the process in embryonic development where a part of an organism turns in on itself, or in biology more broadly when a structure (like a cell or tissue) forms a pocket. The word can occasionally be used more generally to refer to the process of something turning inward or folding back on itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invaginateverb

    to insert as in a sheath; to produce intussusception in

  2. Invaginateadjective

    alt. of Invaginated


  1. Invaginate

    when a tubular or vesicular part is turned inward or retracted within the body wall.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invaginate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invaginate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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