Definition of Axilla

1. Noun. The hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder. "They were up to their armpits in water"

Exact synonyms: Armpit, Axillary Cavity, Axillary Fossa
Generic synonyms: Bodily Cavity, Cavity, Cavum
Terms within: Arteria Axillaris, Axillary Artery
Group relationships: Shoulder
Derivative terms: Axillary

Definition of Axilla

1. n. The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.

Definition of Axilla

1. Noun. The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder. ¹

2. Noun. (botany uncommon) (alternative form of axil) ¹

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Definition of Axilla

1. the armpit [n -LAE or -LAS] - See also: armpit

Medical Definition of Axilla

1. The underarm area. (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Axilla

axial view
axial walls of the pulp chambers
axile placentation
axilla (current term)
axilla thermometer
axillary anaesthesia
axillary arch
axillary arch muscle
axillary artery
axillary cavity
axillary dissection
axillary fascia
axillary fold

Literary usage of Axilla

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1. A Treatise on dislocations and fractures of the joints by Astley Cooper, Bransby Blake Cooper (1851)
"The head of the humerus (which lodged in the axilla) was with great facility replaced, and for many days she went on perfectly well; the sensation of the ..."

2. On Bandaging, and Other Operations of Minor Surgery by Fitzwilliam Sargent (1862)
"Place the centre of the cravat upon the axilla, and draw the tails obliquely upwards ... To confine dressings in the axilla. This may be varied a little, ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The cavity of the axilla is filled by a quantity of loose areolar tissue and a large number of ... The axilla ¡sa space of considerable surgical importance. ..."

4. A German-English dictionary of terms used in medicine and the allied sciences by Hugo Lang, Bertram Abrahams (1905)
"axillary Achsel-ader, /. axillary vein Achsel-apertur, /. space through which vessels and nerves enter the axilla Achsel-arterie, /. axillary artery ..."

5. Holden's Manual of the dissection of the human body by Luther Holden (1879)
"It generally arises from the brachial, or from the lower part of the axillary, and runs across the floor of the axilla towards the lower edge of the ..."

6. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"In dissecting the axilla and thorax it will be found advantageous if the ... For the dissection of the axilla the arm should be stretched out at right ..."

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