axillary
I. adjective Date: 1615 1. of, relating to, or located near the axilla 2. situated in or growing from an axil <
axillary buds
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II. noun (plural -laries) Date: circa 1889 one of the feathers arising from the axilla and closing the space between the flight feathers and body of a flying bird

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Axillary — is an anatomical term derived from axilla, the armpit. Axillary literally means pertaining to the armpit .In vertebrate anatomy and medicine, it occurs in terms like: * Axillary artery * Axillary vein * Axillary nerveIn birds, the axillaries are… …   Wikipedia

  • Axillary — Ax il*la*ry ([a^]ks [i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^]), a. [See {Axil}.] 1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil. Axillary …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • axillary — (adj.) pertaining to the armpit or shoulder, 1610s, from L. *axillaris, from axilla armpit, upper arm, wing (see AXLE (Cf. axle)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • axillary — [ak′sə ler΄ē, ak sil′ə rē] adj. [Fr axillaire] 1. Anat. of or near the axilla 2. Bot. of, in, or growing from an axil n. AXILLAR …   English World dictionary

  • Axillary — Pertaining to the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and the body, better known as the armpit. The word axilla was borrowed directly from the Latin. To the Romans, as to us, the axilla was just the armpit. * * * Relating to the axilla. SYN:… …   Medical dictionary

  • axillary — adjective a) Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve. b) Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil …   Wiktionary

  • axillary — pertaining to an axilla …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • axillary — adj.; pl. ies [L. axilla, armpit] 1. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Pertaining to the axilla. 2. (ECHINODERMATA: Asteroidea) In an axil, applied to a single ossicle. 3. (ECHINODERMATA: Crinoidea) A brachial supporting 2 arm branches …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • axillary — /ak seuh ler ee/, adj., n., pl. axillaries. adj. 1. Anat., Ornith. pertaining to the axilla. 2. Bot. pertaining to or growing from the axil. n. 3. Ornith. axillar. [1605 15; AXILL(A) + ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • axillary —    Attached to a joint …   Forensic science glossary

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