bra·​chi·​al ˈbrā-kē-əl How to pronounce brachial (audio)
: of, relating to, or situated in the arm or an armlike process
the brachial artery of the upper arm

Examples of brachial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brachial artery, inside the elbow where the bicep meets the forearm. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 Hair whorl characteristics were assessed in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) in the regions of cephalic, cervical (dorsal, ventral, and lateral), thoracic and brachial axillary regions, the chest, shoulders, elbows, ventral abdominal region, and on the caudal thighs (ischiatic). Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2012 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 Seems that one of the surprisingly common side effects of open heart surgery is brachial plexopathy. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2019 Diagrams of injuries to Marvin Hajos, 75, show more than a dozen lacerations across his face, neck, back, abdomen, thighs, legs and right arm, including damage to his brachial artery, the major blood vessel of the upper arm. Eve Rosen,, 28 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brachial was in 1578

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“Brachial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


bra·​chi·​al ˈbrā-kē-əl How to pronounce brachial (audio)
: of or relating to the arm or a process like an arm
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