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 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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“Basilar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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