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axilla

[ak-sil-uh]
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noun, plural ax·il·lae [ak-sil-ee] /ækˈsɪl i/.
  1. Anatomy. the armpit.
  2. Ornithology. the corresponding region under the wing of a bird.
  3. Botany. an axil.
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Origin of axilla

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1610–20
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for axillae

Historical Examples

  • Axillae: two small, subtriangular sclerites at the lateral basal angles of the meso-scutellum in Proctytripidae.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • You specify the axillae and the front region of the chest and lower part of scapulae: now, these are all hairy spots in man.


British Dictionary definitions for axillae

axilla

noun plural -lae (-liː)
  1. the technical name for the armpit
  2. the area on the undersurface of a bird's wing corresponding to the armpit
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: armpit
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axillae in Medicine

axilla

(ăk-sĭlə)
n. pl. ax•il•lae (-sĭlē)
  1. armpit
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