extremity

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noun ex·trem·i·ty \ik-ˈstre-mə-tē\

Definition of extremity

plural

extremities

  1. 1a :  the farthest or most remote part, section, or point the island's westernmost extremityb :  a limb of the body; especially :  a human hand or foot

  2. 2a :  extreme danger or critical needb :  a moment marked by imminent destruction or death

  3. 3a :  an intense degree the extremity of his participation — Saturday Rev.b :  the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)

  4. 4 :  a drastic or desperate act or measure driven to extremities

Examples of extremity in a Sentence

  1. The extremity of her grief is impossible to imagine.

  2. made offers of aid to the refugees, and of asylum in extremity

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First Known Use of extremity

14th century


EXTREMITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of extremity for English Language Learners

  • : a hand or foot

  • : the farthest limit, point, or part of something

  • : a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)


EXTREMITY Defined for Kids

extremity

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noun ex·trem·i·ty \ik-ˈstrem-ə-tē\

Definition of extremity for Students

plural

extremities

  1. 1 :  the farthest limit, point, or part the extremity of the island

  2. 2 :  an end part (as a foot) of a limb of the body

  3. 3 :  an extreme degree (as of emotion)


Medical Dictionary

extremity

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noun ex·trem·i·ty \ik-ˈstrem-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of extremity

plural

extremities

  1. 1:  the farthest or most remote part, section, or point

  2. 2:  a limb of the body; especially :  a human hand or foot



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