Definition of Extremity

1. Noun. An external body part that projects from the body. "It is important to keep the extremities warm"

Exact synonyms: Appendage, Member
Specialized synonyms: Chelicera, Mouthpart, Fang, Chela, Claw, Nipper, Pincer, Parapodium, Fin, Pleopod, Swimmeret, Limb, Dactyl, Digit
Generic synonyms: External Body Part

2. Noun. An extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease).
Generic synonyms: Adversity, Hard Knocks, Hardship
Specialized synonyms: Bitter End
Derivative terms: Extreme, Extreme

3. Noun. The greatest or utmost degree. "The extremity of despair"
Generic synonyms: Ultimacy, Ultimateness
Derivative terms: Extreme, Extreme

4. Noun. The outermost or farthest region or point.
Specialized synonyms: Bound, Boundary, Bounds, End, Terminal, Extreme, Extreme Point, Extremum, Limit
Generic synonyms: Part, Region
Derivative terms: Extreme

5. Noun. That part of a limb that is farthest from the torso.
Generic synonyms: External Body Part
Group relationships: Limb
Specialized synonyms: Pedal Extremity, Vertebrate Foot, Hand, Manus, Mitt, Paw, Finger, Toe

Definition of Extremity

1. n. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country.

Definition of Extremity

1. Noun. The most extreme or furthest point of something. ¹

2. Noun. An extreme measure. ¹

3. Noun. A hand or foot. ¹

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Definition of Extremity

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Medical Definition of Extremity

1. A limb, an arm or leg (membrum), sometimes applied specifically to a hand or foot. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Extremity

extremitas acromialis claviculae
extremitas anterior
extremitas inferior
extremitas inferior renis
extremitas inferior testis
extremitas posterior
extremitas sternalis claviculae
extremitas superior
extremitas superior renis
extremitas superior testis
extremitas tubaria ovarii
extremitas uterina ovarii

Literary usage of Extremity

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The superficial lymphatic vessels of the upper extremity commence on the fingers, ... LYMPHATICS OF THE LOWER extremity. The Lymphatic Glands of the Lower ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The Metacarpal Bones arc each developed by two centres : one for the shaft and one for the digital extremity for the four inner metacarpal bones; ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"Berger is a treatise upon amputation of the upper extremity and scapula, either at one operation, or in consecutive periods. ..."

4. A History of Greek Mathematics by Thomas Little Heath (1921)
"Transition to new diameter and tangent 'at its extremity. An important section of the Book follows (I. 41-50), consisting of propositions leading up to what ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1916)
"This case is interesting, among other reasons, on account of the peculiar movement in the right upper extremity, which resembles in its behavior somewhat ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... so that certain regions thus become specially sensitive and serve as tactile organs. The anterior pointed extremity of the body in the ..."

7. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"THE INFERIOR extremity. THE THIGH. ON the morning of the fourth day after the ... A faint sulcus at the proximal extremity of the anterior region is the ..."

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