[ ak-suh-ler-ee ]
/ ˈæk səˌlɛr i /


Anatomy, Ornithology. pertaining to the axilla.
Botany. pertaining to or growing from the axil.

noun, plural ax·il·lar·ies.

Ornithology. axillar.

Origin of axillary

First recorded in 1605–15; axill(a) + -ary

Related forms

in·ter·ax·il·lar·y, adjectivepost·ax·il·lar·y, adjectivesu·per·ax·il·lar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for axillaries


/ (ækˈsɪlərɪ) /


of, relating to, or near the armpit
botany growing in or related to the axilan axillary bud

noun plural -laries

Also called: axillar (ækˈsɪlə, ˈæksɪlə) (usually plural) one of the feathers growing from the axilla of a bird's wing
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Medicine definitions for axillaries


[ ăksə-lĕr′ē ]


Relating to the axilla.
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