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[pop-lit-ee-uh l, pop-li-tee-] /pɒpˈlɪt i əl, ˌpɒp lɪˈti-/
adjective, Anatomy.
of or relating to the ham, or part of the leg back of the knee.
Origin of popliteal
First recorded in 1780-90; poplite(us) + -al1 Unabridged
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/pɒpˈlɪtɪəl; ˌpɒplɪˈtiːəl/
of, relating to, or near the part of the leg behind the knee
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin popliteus the muscle behind the knee joint, from Latin poples the ham of the knee
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Word Origin and History for popliteal

1786, with -al (1) + Modern Latin popliteus (n.), 1704, short for popliteus (musculus), from poples "ham (of the leg)," which is of unknown origin.

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popliteal in Medicine

popliteal pop·lit·e·al (pŏp-lĭt'ē-əl, pŏp'lĭ-tē'əl)
Relating to the poples.

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