[ ik-strem-i-tee ]
/ ɪkˈstrɛm ɪ ti /

noun, plural ex·trem·i·ties.

Nearby words

  1. extremis,
  2. extremism,
  3. extremist,
  4. extremitas,
  5. extremities,
  6. extremophile,
  7. extremum,
  8. extricable,
  9. extricate,
  10. extrication

Origin of extremity

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Latin word extrēmitās. See extreme, -ity

Related formssu·per·ex·trem·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·ex·trem·i·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for extremity


/ (ɪkˈstrɛmɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
the greatest or most intense degree
an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
(usually plural) archaic a drastic or severe measure
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Word Origin and History for extremity



late 14c., from Old French estremite (13c.), from Latin extremitatem (nominative extremitas) "the end of a thing," from extremus; see extreme, the etymological sense of which is better preserved in this word.

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Medicine definitions for extremity


[ ĭk-strĕmĭ-tē ]


An end of an elongated or pointed structure.
A bodily limb or appendage.

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