caudal

adjective

cau·​dal ˈkȯ-dᵊl How to pronounce caudal (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a tail
2
: directed toward or situated in or near the tail or posterior part of the body
caudally adverb

Examples of caudal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers already knew that a part of the brain called the caudal nucleus of the solitary tract (cNTS) is related to regulating eating. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Dec. 2023 When an animal is seized by an attacker, the caudal ventrolateral region of the PAG generates a response that from the outside looks like total collapse. Jeff Wise, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2010 Oliver Garza-Pena has caudal regression syndrome and uses a wheelchair to get around. Aj Willingham, CNN, 15 Feb. 2020 Oliver, who turns 2 next month, has caudal regression syndrome. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 13 Feb. 2020 Many sharks' tails, called caudal fins, are larger on top than on the bottom, which allows the animals to swim more efficiently. Lauren Kent, CNN, 28 Nov. 2019 Born without legs because of caudal regression syndrome, Zion Clark became a successful wrestler at Massillon Washington High School in Ohio. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, 3 July 2018 Measurements are taken from the tip of the snout to middle of the fork in the caudal fin (tail). Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, 25 May 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin caudalis, from Latin cauda tail

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caudal was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Caudal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caudal. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

caudal

adjective
cau·​dal ˈkȯd-ᵊl How to pronounce caudal (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a tail
2
: situated in or directed toward the hind part of the body
caudally adverb
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