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ancillary

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

First recorded in 1660–70; from Latin ancillāris “having the status of a handmaid or female servant” + -ary adjective suffix; see origin at ancilla, -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for ancillary

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 ancillary

ancillary
[ ănsə-lĕr′ē ]

adj.
Relating to or being auxiliary or secondary.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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