bas·​i·​lar | \ ˈba-zə-lər How to pronounce basilar (audio) , -sə- also ˈbā- \

Definition of basilar

: of, relating to, or situated at the base

Examples of basilar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sicknick had what the medical examiner called acute brainstem and cerebellar infarcts due to acute basilar artery thrombosis -- a specific type of blood clot in the brain. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Sicknick death ruled 'natural' but experts say stress can set off strokes," 20 Apr. 2021 One day in 1981, Hubbard found himself with a new, unfortunately personal perspective on basilar skull fractures. Rachel Lance, Wired, "A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver," 6 Dec. 2020 Since then, as of 2016, the most recent year for which data were found, not one single racing death from basilar skull fracture has occurred. Rachel Lance, Wired, "A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver," 6 Dec. 2020 Just five years before Hamlin arrived on the scene, Earnhardt was the fourth driver to die of a basilar skull fracture in an eight-month span. Jenna Fryer, The Denver Post, "Ryan Newman Daytona 500 crash shows racing never truly safe," 18 Feb. 2020 Thomas had a stroke May 24, caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana State's Kurt Thomas, gymnast denied 1980 glory, dies," 7 June 2020 Drivers were slow to embrace the HANS until the 1999 death of Gonzalo Rodriguez from a basilar skull fracture. Brody Miller, Indianapolis Star, "Sebastien Bourdais: 'It's pretty straightforward simple that I'd be dead'," 20 June 2017 A soft tissue structure called the basilar membrane, while not present in the fossil itself, was indicated by other parts of the ear to be of a size and thickness consistent with high-frequency hearing. Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times, "An Ancient ‘Echo Hunter’ Provides Clues on Whale Evolution," 4 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of basilar

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basilar

borrowed from Middle French basilaire, from base base entry 1 or Latin basis basis + -ilaire, extension of -aire -ary entry 2, after cimbalaire "cymbal-shaped," borrowed from Medieval Latin cymbalāris (from Latin cymbalum cymbal + -āris -ar)

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24 Apr 2021

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“Basilar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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bas·​i·​lar | \ ˈbaz-(ə-)lər, ˈbas- also ˈbāz- or ˈbās- \

Medical Definition of basilar

: of, relating to, or situated at the base basilar fractures of the skull

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