[ brey-kee-uh m, brak-ee- ]
/ ˈbreɪ ki əm, ˈbræk i- /

noun, plural bra·chi·a [brey-kee-uh, brak-ee-uh] /ˈbreɪ ki ə, ˈbræk i ə/.

Anatomy. the part of the arm from the shoulder to the elbow.
the corresponding part of any limb, as in the wing of a bird.
an armlike part or process.

Origin of brachium

1725–35; < New Latin; Latin brāc(c)hium the arm; compare Greek brachíōn, formally the comparative of brachýs short

Related forms

post·bra·chi·um, noun, plural post·bra·chi·a.pseu·do·bra·chi·um, noun, plural pseu·do·bra·chi·a. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brachia


/ (ˈbreɪkɪəm, ˈbræk-) /

noun plural -chia (-kɪə)

anatomy the arm, esp the upper part
a corresponding part, such as a wing, in an animal
biology a branching or armlike part

Word Origin for brachium

C18: New Latin, from Latin bracchium arm, from Greek brakhiōn
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Medicine definitions for brachia


[ brākē-əm, brăkē- ]

n. pl. bra•chi•a (brākē-ə, brăkē-ə)

The arm, especially between the shoulder and the elbow.
An armlike structure.
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