- having a valve or valves
- meeting without overlapping, as the petals of some flower buds
- opening by valves, as a pea pod
Origin: L valvatus, having folding doors from valva: see valve
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- Having valvelike parts.
- Botany a. Meeting at the edges without overlapping, as some petals do.b. Opening by valves, as the capsule of a lily or iris.
valvate - Medical Definition