axilla

[ ak-sil-uh ]
/ ækˈsɪl ə /
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noun, plural ax·il·lae [ak-sil-ee] /ækˈsɪl i/.

Anatomy. the armpit.
Ornithology. the corresponding region under the wing of a bird.
Botany. an axil.

Nearby words

  1. axially,
  2. axifugal,
  3. axil,
  4. axile,
  5. axilemma,
  6. axillae,
  7. axillar,
  8. axillary,
  9. axillary artery,
  10. axillary bud

Origin of axilla

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1610–20

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British Dictionary definitions for axillae

axilla

/ (ækˈsɪlə) /

noun plural -lae (-liː)

the technical name for the armpit
the area on the undersurface of a bird's wing corresponding to the armpit

Word Origin for axilla

C17: from Latin: armpit

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Medicine definitions for axillae

axilla

[ ăk-sĭlə ]

n. pl. ax•il•lae (-sĭlē)

armpit

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