axillary

[ak-suh-ler-ee]

adjective

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

noun, plural ax·il·lar·ies.

Ornithology. axillar.

Nearby words

  1. axile,
  2. axilemma,
  3. axilla,
  4. axillae,
  5. axillar,
  6. axillary artery,
  7. axillary bud,
  8. axillary cataract,
  9. axillary cavity,
  10. axillary fossa

Origin of axillary

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

Related formsin·ter·ax·il·lar·y, adjectivepost·ax·il·lar·y, adjectivesu·per·ax·il·lar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for axillaries

axillary

adjective

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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Word Origin and History for axillaries

axillary

adj.

"pertaining to the armpit or shoulder," 1610s, from Latin *axillaris, from axilla "armpit, upper arm, wing" (see axle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for axillaries

axillary

[ăksə-lĕr′ē]

n.

Relating to the axilla.

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