ancillary

[ an-suh-ler-ee or, esp. British, an-sil-uh-ree ]
/ ˈæn səˌlɛr i or, esp. British, ænˈsɪl ə ri /

adjective

subordinate; subsidiary.
auxiliary; assisting.

noun, plural an·cil·lar·ies.

something that serves in an ancillary capacity: Slides, records, and other ancillaries can be used with the basic textbook.

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Origin of ancillary

1660–70; < Latin ancill(a) (see ancilla) + -ary; compare Latin ancillāris having the status of a female slave, with -āris -ar1
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British Dictionary definitions for ancillaries

ancillary
/ (ænˈsɪlərɪ) /

adjective

subsidiary
auxiliary; supplementaryancillary services

noun plural -laries

a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or personthe company has an ancillary abroad

Word Origin for ancillary

C17: from Latin ancillāris concerning maidservants, from ancilla, diminutive of ancūla female servant
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Medical definitions for ancillaries

ancillary
[ ănsə-lĕr′ē ]

adj.

Relating to or being auxiliary or secondary.
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