adjective Zoology.
  1. having no distinct feet or footlike members.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the orders Apoda and Apodes, comprising various groups of animals without limbs.
Also apodous.

Origin of apodal

1760–70; < Greek apod-, stem of ápous footless (see a-6, -pod) + -al1
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  1. (of snakes, eels, etc) without feet; having no obvious hind limbs or pelvic fins

Word Origin for apodal

C18: from Greek apous from a- 1 + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for apodal

1769, from Greek apous (from apod- "footless," from a-, privative prefix, see a- (3), + pous "foot;" see foot (n.)) + -al.

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apodal in Medicine


  1. Having no feet or footlike appendages.
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