of or relating to the ham, or part of the leg back of the knee.
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How to use popliteal in a sentence
This was a case of popliteal aneurism, operations for which had heretofore proved pretty uniformly fatal.A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5) | Henry Smith Williams
The popliteal depression is deep, and the summit of the great trochanter rises considerably above the level of the head.Extinct Birds | Walter Rothschild
It is not uncommon, indeed, on amputating above the knee, to find even the popliteal artery plugged by a clot.
The rupture of a popliteal aneurysm, however, by compressing the vein and the articular branches, usually determines gangrene.
When an embolus becomes impacted at the bifurcation of the popliteal, if gangrene ensues it usually spreads well up the leg.
British Dictionary definitions for popliteal
of, relating to, or near the part of the leg behind the knee
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