ax·​il·​lary | \ ˈak-sə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce axillary (audio) , -ˌle-rē \

Definition of axillary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or located near the axilla
2 : situated in or growing from an axil axillary buds


plural axillaries

Definition of axillary (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Williams day-to-day Stefanski said Williams is day-to-day with his right shoulder injury, and confirmed it’s connected to the axillary nerve damage that kept him out all last season. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Botox for underarms, hand, feet, face, groin, and more Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is FDA-approved to treat severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis when topical treatments are not effective. Cathy Cassata,, 1 Nov. 2021 Williams injured his right shoulder during the game —the same one that cost him all of last season due to axillary nerve damage. cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 Williams, who sat out all last season with axillary nerve damage in his shoulder, has played sparingly, including only eight snaps against the Bears. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021 Knowing what Williams went through all last season with the axillary nerve damage in his shoulder, the Browns couldn’t be happier with his progress. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of axillary


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for axillary


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


axilla + -ary entry 1

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“Axillary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for axillary


ax·​il·​lary | \ ˈak-sə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce axillary (audio) \

Medical Definition of axillary

: of, relating to, or located near the axilla axillary lymph nodes axillary temperature

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