extremity


ex·trem·i·ty

noun \ik-ˈstre-mə-tē\

: a hand or foot

: the farthest limit, point, or part of something

: a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)

plural ex·trem·i·ties

Full Definition of EXTREMITY

1
a :  the farthest or most remote part, section, or point <the island's westernmost extremity>
b :  a limb of the body; especially :  a human hand or foot
2
a :  extreme danger or critical need
b :  a moment marked by imminent destruction or death
3
a :  an intense degree <the extremity of his participation — Saturday Review>
b :  the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)
4
:  a drastic or desperate act or measure <driven to extremities>

Examples of EXTREMITY

  1. The extremity of her grief is impossible to imagine.
  2. <made offers of aid to the refugees, and of asylum in extremity>

First Known Use of EXTREMITY

14th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

ex·trem·i·ty

noun \ik-ˈstrem-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ex·trem·i·ties

Medical Definition of EXTREMITY

1
: the farthest or most remote part, section, or point
2
: a limb of the body; especially : a human hand or foot

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