ap·​pen·​dic·​u·​lar | \ ˌa-pən-ˈdi-kyə-lər How to pronounce appendicular (audio) \

Definition of appendicular

: of or relating to an appendage and especially a limb the appendicular skeleton

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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, "Hippos and Pezosiren: Walking Under the Water," 13 July 2009

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First Known Use of appendicular

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Appendicular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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ap·​pen·​dic·​u·​lar | \ ˌap-ən-ˈdik-yə-lər How to pronounce appendicular (audio) \

Medical Definition of appendicular

: of or relating to an appendage:
a : of or relating to a limb or limbs the appendicular skeleton

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