- 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
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- anatomy of or towards the posterior part of the body
- zoology relating to, resembling, or in the position of the tail
Word Origin for caudal
C17: from New Latin caudālis, from cauda
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Word Origin and History for caudally
1660s, from Latin cauda "tail of an animal," of unknown origin, + -al (1).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, at, or near the tail or hind parts; posterior.
- Situated beneath or on the underside; inferior.
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- Relating to or near the tail or hind parts of an animal.
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