transitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- to place or receive into a sheath
Origin of invaginatefrom Medieval Latin invaginatus, past participle of invaginare from Classical Latin in-, in + vagina, a sheath
- to become invaginated
- to grow inward to form a hollow or cavity, as in the formation of a gastrula
tr. & intr.v.in·vag·i·nat·ed, in·vag·i·nat·ing, in·vag·i·nates
- To enclose or become enclosed in a sheath or similar covering.
- To turn or become turned inward.
- To infold or become infolded so as to form a hollow space within a previously solid structure, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
Origin of invaginateMedieval Latin invāgīnāre invāgīnāt-Latin in- in ; see in- 2. Latin vāgīna sheath
(third-person singular simple present invaginates, present participle invaginating, simple past and past participle invaginated)