postaxial

[ pohst-ak-see-uhl ]

adjectiveAnatomy, Zoology.
  1. pertaining to or situated behind the axis of the body, especially the posterior side of the axis of a limb.

Origin of postaxial

1
First recorded in 1870–75; post- + axial

Other words from postaxial

  • post·ax·i·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby postaxial

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How to use postaxial in a sentence

  • Each limb then has a dorsal surface, a ventral surface, an anterior or pre-axial edge, and a posterior or postaxial edge.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In the anterior limb the radius and the pollex are pre-axial, the ulna and the fifth finger are postaxial.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In the posterior limb the tibia and the hallux are pre-axial, the fibula and the fifth toe are postaxial.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Archipterygia too are found in the pectoral fins of the Ichthyotomi, but the postaxial radiale are much reduced.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The ulna or postaxial bone is somewhat expanded distally, but is not drawn out proximally into an olecranon process.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for postaxial

postaxial

/ (pəʊstˈæksɪəl) /


adjectiveanatomy
  1. situated or occurring behind the axis of the body

  2. of or relating to the posterior part of a vertebrate limb

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