ap·​pen·​dic·​u·​lar ˌa-pən-ˈdi-kyə-lər How to pronounce appendicular (audio)
: of or relating to an appendage and especially a limb
the appendicular skeleton

Examples of appendicular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parts of the appendicular skeleton of hippos are osteosclerotic, meaning that their bones are extraordinarily dense due to the replacement of porous bone with more compact bone. Brian Switek, WIRED, 13 July 2009

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appendicular was in 1651

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“Appendicular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ap·​pen·​dic·​u·​lar ˌap-ən-ˈdik-yə-lər How to pronounce appendicular (audio)
: of or relating to an appendage:
: of or relating to a limb or limbs
the appendicular skeleton
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