Definition of appendage
1 : an adjunct to something larger or more important : appurtenance
2 : a usually projecting part of an animal or plant body that is typically smaller and of less functional importance than the main part to which it is attached; especially : a limb or analogous part (such as a seta)
3 [appendant] : a dependent or subordinate person
Examples of appendage in a Sentence
The court system acts as an appendage to the government.
an appendage of a larger political party
Recent Examples of appendage from the Web
Bony, hollow appendages on their dorsal and pectoral fins can inject venom, causing severe pain, infections and occasionally respiratory and cardiac problems.
Most catfish do have poisonous spines on their body, but the whiskers, while creepy-looking, are just harmless, fleshy appendages.
According hotel manager Geri Coulbourne, the appendage was donated by a man who had to remove it by surgery, then cured in salt for six months before being put in service.
Once in place, the device is well-positioned to catch clots that may form in the left atrial appendage, thus preventing these clots from breaking loose and traveling to the brain or lungs and causing a stroke.
On June 9, doctors Glenn Gaston and Bryan Loeffler of OrthoCarolina Hand performed a procedure called a targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) on Tiffany, which will allow her brain to control the actions of her prosthetic appendage.
This week, under one roof, these women will gather for the fest to joke about Jane Austen and mythology and weird liquor and moms and male appendages, oh my.
People whose limbs have been amputated are often left with phantom sensations or pain in the missing appendage.
Draymond Green is the face, and flailing appendages, of that effort, and Zaza Pachulia, like Andrew Bogut before him, provides a hard edge to the roster as well.
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Did You Know?
Appendix isn't the only noun that comes from append. Unlike appendix, appendage doesn't suggest the end of something, but simply something attached. The word is often used in biology to refer to parts of an animal's body: an insect's antennae, mouthparts, or wings, for example. The appendages of some animals will grow back after they've been removed; a salamander, for example, can regrow a finger, and the tiny sea squirt can regrow all its appendages—and even its brain.
First Known Use of appendage
APPENDAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appendage for English Language Learners
medical : a body part (such as an arm or a leg) connected to the main part of the body
: something connected or joined to a larger or more important thing
APPENDAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of appendage for Students
: something (as a leg) attached to a larger or more important thing
Medical Definition of appendage
: a subordinate or derivative body part; especially : a limb or analogous part (as a seta)
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