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  1. Anatomy, Zoology. of, at, or near the tail or the posterior end of the body.
  2. Zoology. taillike: caudal appendages.
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  1. Medicine/Medical. a caudal anesthetic
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Origin of caudal

1655–65; < New Latin caudālis, equivalent to Latin caud(a) tail + -ālis -al1
Related formscau·dal·ly, adverbpost·cau·dal, adjectivepre·cau·dal, adjective
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Related Words for caudal

back, rear

Examples from the Web for caudal

Historical Examples of caudal

  • The caudal limb of the postcentral is joined by a transparietal piece.

    Christian Science

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • So they got more tail and spliced it on to his caudal appendage.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories

    Alexander K. McClure

  • He named it falcata, or "scythe-shaped," from the curving of the caudal fin.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

  • The caudal extremity of both is furnished with a rudimentary claw.

  • This brings you to where the dorsal and caudal fins are inserted.

British Dictionary definitions for caudal


  1. anatomy of or towards the posterior part of the body
  2. zoology relating to, resembling, or in the position of the tail
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Derived Formscaudally, adverb

Word Origin for caudal

C17: from New Latin caudālis, from cauda
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Word Origin and History for caudal


1660s, from Latin cauda "tail of an animal," of unknown origin, + -al (1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

caudal in Medicine


  1. Of, at, or near the tail or hind parts; posterior.
  2. Situated beneath or on the underside; inferior.
  3. Taillike.
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caudal in Science


  1. Relating to or near the tail or hind parts of an animal.
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