[ pree-ak-see-uhl ]
/ priˈæk si əl /

adjective Anatomy, Zoology.

situated before the body axis; pertaining to the radial side of the upper limb and the tibial side of the lower limb.

Origin of preaxial

1870–75; pre- + axial


pre·ax·i·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for preaxial

/ (priːˈæksɪəl) /

adjective anatomy

situated or occurring in front of the axis of the body
of or relating to the anterior part of a vertebrate limb

Derived forms of preaxial

preaxially, adverb
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Medical definitions for preaxial

[ prē-ăksē-əl ]


Situated in front of or superior to the median axis of the body or a body part.
Of or being the portion of a limb bud lying cranial to the axis of the limb.

Other words from preaxial

pre•axi•al•ly adv.
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