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ax·​il·​lary ˈak-sə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce axillary (audio)
: of, relating to, or located near the axilla
: situated in or growing from an axil
axillary buds


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plural axillaries
: one of the feathers arising from the axilla and closing the space between the flight feathers and body of a flying bird

Examples of axillary in a Sentence

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The patch is a welcome departure from the currently available treatment lineup for the most prevalent type of hyperhidrosis, axillary or underarm. Maura Lynch, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 For example, Wunderlich's measurements were of axillary (armpit) temps, while most modern readings are of oral temps. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 9 Jan. 2020 Whorls observed in the majority of dogs in this cohort typically occurred on the chest, brachial axillary region, elbows, and ischiatic region. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2012 Male participants provided axillary sweat samples and dietary information. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2016 In contrast, analogous research on the effect of garlic on axillary odour is currently missing. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 30 Nov. 2015 Botox is often next in line, especially for axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis. Cathy Cassata,, 9 Nov. 2021 After missing all of last season with axillary nerve damage in his shoulder, Williams is ranked 16th among qualifying cornerbacks this season with a 74.1 grade according to Pro Football Focus. cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 Surgery for axillary hyperhidrosis—sweating in the armpits—requires local anesthesia and can be done in an office setting rather than a hospital. Cathy Cassata,, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History



(sense 1) axilla + -ary entry 2; (sense 2) New Latin axilla axil + -ary entry 2


axilla + -ary entry 1

First Known Use


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of axillary was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Axillary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


ax·​il·​lary ˈak-sə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce axillary (audio)
: of, relating to, or located near the axilla
axillary lymph nodes
axillary temperature

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