Definition of Nuchal

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the back, or nape, of the neck; -- applied especially to the anterior median plate in the carapace of turtles.

Definition of Nuchal

1. Noun. The back of the neck ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the back or nape of the neck. ¹

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Definition of Nuchal

1. an anatomical part lying in the region of the nape [n -S]

Medical Definition of Nuchal

1. Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the back, or nape, of the neck; applied especially to the anterior median plate in the carapace of turtles. Origin: Cf. F. Nucal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nuchal

nuchal (current term)
nuchal fascia
nuchal ligament
nuchal plane
nuchal region
nuchal rigidity
nuchal tubercle

Literary usage of Nuchal

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"from the glabella backward irregularly to the occiput, which it divides somewhat below the upper nuchal line. The cranium seen from above is an elongated ..."

2. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1873)
"Throat »it!; a cross fold ; no guiar sac ; nuchal cwt none or rudimentary ; ventral scales ... Throat with a en" fold; nuchal crest none, ..."

3. Operative surgery by Theodor Kocher (1894)
"K. The nuchal Region. The surgery of the upper nuchal region has been discussed ... There are no large vessels and nerve trunks in the lower nuchal region. ..."

4. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"... of throat and nuchal collar black; belly whitish-brown. See Paradisea Aurea, Lath. ... nuchal ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"The -occipital branch, the larger, passes backward along the superior nuchal line of the occipital bone, and supplies the Occipitalis. ..."

6. The Class Reptilia by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Edward Pidgeon (1831)
"quadrate, outer irregularly scattered; nuchal scales six. ... The nuchal shield united to the dorsal plates; the crown and orbits appear to dilate with age. ..."

7. Catalogue of the Tortoises, Crocodiles, and Amphisbænians, in the Collection by British Museum (Natural History), John Edward Gray (1844)
"Black ; pectoral shields short; nuchal plates variable or wanting; ... nuchal plate distinct. Last vertebral narrower than the three last marginal. Bengal. ..."

8. Handbook to the Birds of Australia by John Gould (1865)
"... so far as I have yet seen, of sufficient importance to justify their separation into distinct species: in some the nuchal band and the circular mark on ..."

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