cau·​dal | \ ˈkȯ-dᵊl How to pronounce caudal (audio) \

Definition of caudal

1 : of, relating to, or being a tail
2 : directed toward or situated in or near the tail or posterior part of the body

Other Words from caudal

caudally \ ˈkȯ-​də-​lē How to pronounce caudal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of caudal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of caudal

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caudal

New Latin caudalis, from Latin cauda tail

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cau·​dal | \ ˈkȯd-ᵊl How to pronounce caudal (audio) \

Medical Definition of caudal

1 : of, relating to, or being a tail
2 : situated in or directed toward the hind part of the body

Other Words from caudal

caudally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce caudal (audio) \ adverb


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