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extremity

noun ex·trem·i·ty \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
EXTREMITY Defined for Kids

extremity

noun ex·trem·i·ty \ik-ˈstrem-ə-tē\
plural ex·trem·i·ties

Definition of EXTREMITY for Kids

1
:  the farthest limit, point, or part <the extremity of the island>
2
:  an end part (as a foot) of a limb of the body
3
:  an extreme degree (as of emotion)
Medical Dictionary

extremity

noun ex·trem·i·ty \ik-ˈstrem-ət-ē\
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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