inarticulatemedical dictionary

1. Not uttered with articulation or intelligible distinctness, as speech or words. "Music which is inarticulate poesy." (Dryden)

2. <zoology> Not jointed or articulated; having no distinct body segments; as, an inarticulate worm. Without a hinge; said of an order (Inarticulata or Ecardines) of brachiopods.

3. Incapable of articulating. "The poor earl, who is inarticulate with palsy." (Walpole)

Origin: L. Inarticulatus; pref. In- not + articulatus articulate.

(01 Mar 1998)