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pre·hen·sile

adjective \prē-ˈhen(t)-səl, -ˈhen-ˌsī(-ə)l\

: capable of grabbing or holding something by wrapping around it

Full Definition of PREHENSILE

1
:  adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around <prehensile tail>
2
:  gifted with mental grasp or moral or aesthetic perception
pre·hen·sil·i·ty \(ˌ)prē-ˌhen-ˈsi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of PREHENSILE

  1. The monkey has a prehensile tail.
  2. The elephant has a prehensile trunk.

Origin of PREHENSILE

French préhensile, from Latin prehensus, past participle of prehendere to seize — more at get
First Known Use: circa 1785

Other Anatomy Terms

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Rhymes with PREHENSILE

pre·hen·sile

adjective \prē-ˈhen(t)-səl, -ˈhen-ˌsīl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PREHENSILE

: adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around <prehensile tail>
pre·hen·sil·i·ty \(ˌ)prē-ˌhen-ˈsil-ət-ē\ noun, plural pre·hen·sil·i·ties

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