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basilar

[bas-uh-ler]
adjective
  1. pertaining to or situated at the base, especially the base of the skull.
  2. basal.
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Also bas·i·lar·y [bas-uh-ler-ee] /ˈbæs əˌlɛr i/.

Origin of basilar

1535–45; < New Latin basilāre, equivalent to Medieval Latin bassil(e) pelvis + -āre, neuter of -āris -ar1
Related formspre·bas·i·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for basilar

Historical Examples

  • The tendency of the coronal region is upward, that of the basilar downward.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, March 1887

    Various

  • In relation to basilar length the tympanic bullae of bangsi are longer.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • The bullae are, therefore, relative to the basilar length, longer in primulina.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • Relative to the basilar length, most of the measurements are greater in meridana.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • The continuous plate, formed by them and the notochord, is known as the basilar plate.


British Dictionary definitions for basilar

basilar

adjective
  1. mainly anatomy of or situated at a basebasilar artery Also: basilary (ˈbæsɪlərɪ, -sɪlrɪ)
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Word Origin

C16: from New Latin basilaris, from Latin basis base 1; compare Medieval Latin bassile pelvis
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basilar in Medicine

basilar

(băsə-lər)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or located at or near the base, especially the base of the skull.
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