[pop-lit-ee-uh l, pop-li-tee-]

adjective Anatomy.

of or relating to the ham, or part of the leg back of the knee.

Origin of popliteal

First recorded in 1780–90; poplite(us) + -al1
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Related Words for popliteal

patella, popliteal

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British Dictionary definitions for popliteal



of, relating to, or near the part of the leg behind the knee

Word Origin for popliteal

C18: from New Latin popliteus the muscle behind the knee joint, from Latin poples the ham of the knee
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Word Origin and History for popliteal

1786, with -al (1) + Modern Latin popliteus (n.), 1704, short for popliteus (musculus), from poples "ham (of the leg)," which is of unknown origin.

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popliteal in Medicine


[pŏp-lĭtē-əl, pŏp′lĭ-tēəl]


Relating to the poples.
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