[pree-ak-see-uh l]
adjective Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. 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
Related formspre·ax·i·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for preaxial


adjective anatomy
  1. situated or occurring in front of the axis of the body
  2. of or relating to the anterior part of a vertebrate limb
Derived Formspreaxially, adverb
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preaxial in Medicine


  1. Situated in front of or superior to the median axis of the body or a body part.
  2. Of or being the portion of a limb bud lying cranial to the axis of the limb.
Related formspre•axi•al•ly adv.
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