Anatomy, Zoology. of, at, or near the tail or the posterior end of the body.
Zoology. taillike: caudal appendages.


Medicine/Medical. a caudal anesthetic

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for caudal

back, rear

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British Dictionary definitions for caudal



anatomy of or towards the posterior part of the body
zoology relating to, resembling, or in the position of the tail
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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caudal in Medicine




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



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