[ pop-lit-ee-uhl, pop-li-tee- ]
/ pɒpˈlɪt i əl, ˌpɒp lɪˈti- /
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adjective Anatomy.

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



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Origin of popliteal

First recorded in 1780–90; poplite(us) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for popliteal

/ (pɒpˈlɪtɪəl, ˌpɒplɪˈtiːəl) /


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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Medical definitions for popliteal

[ pŏp-lĭtē-əl, pŏp′lĭ-tēəl ]


Relating to the poples.
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