armpit

[ahrm-pit]

noun

the hollow under the arm at the shoulder; axilla.

Nearby words

  1. armoured car,
  2. armourer,
  3. armoury,
  4. armpad,
  5. armpatch,
  6. armrest,
  7. arms,
  8. arms and the man,
  9. arms control,
  10. arms race

Origin of armpit

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at arm1, pit1

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British Dictionary definitions for armpit

armpit

noun

the small depression beneath the arm where it joins the shoulderTechnical name: axilla Related adjective: axillary
slang an extremely unpleasant placethe armpit of the Mediterranean
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Word Origin and History for armpit

armpit

n.

mid-14c., from arm (n.1) + pit (n.1). Arm-hole (early 14c.) was used in this sense but was obsolete by 18c. Colloquial armpit of the nation for any locale regarded as ugly and disgusting was in use by 1965.

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Medicine definitions for armpit

armpit

[ärmpĭt′]

n.

The hollow under the upper part of the arm below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major, the latissimus dorsi, the anterior serratus muscles, and the humerus, and containing the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue.axilla axillary fossa

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