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axilla

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noun ax·il·la \ag-ˈzi-lə, ak-ˈsi-\

Definition of axilla

plural axillaeplay \-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or axillas

  1. :  the cavity beneath the junction of a forelimb and the body; especially :  armpit



Origin of axilla

Latin, diminutive of ala wing, upper arm, armpit, axil — more at aisle


First Known Use: 1616


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axilla

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noun ax·il·la \ag-ˈzil-ə, ak-ˈsil-\

Medical Definition of axilla

plural axillae \-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\play or axillas

  1. :  the cavity beneath the junction of the arm or anterior appendage and shoulder or shoulder girdle containing the axillary artery and vein, a part of the brachial plexus of nerves, many lymph nodes, and fat and areolar tissue; especially :  armpit




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