Definition of extremity
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
2a : extreme danger or critical needb : a moment marked by imminent destruction or death
3a : an intense degree the extremity of his participation — Saturday Rev.b : the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)
4 : a drastic or desperate act or measure driven to extremities
Examples of extremity in a Sentence
The extremity of her grief is impossible to imagine.
made offers of aid to the refugees, and of asylum in extremity
Recent Examples of extremity from the Web
More ticks can mean more health woes, since tickborne illnesses like Lyme disease can cause serious—and sometimes chronic issues—including rash, headache, joint pain, fatigue, and numbness or tingling in your extremities.
Runners' feet endure a lot, and the foot is a complex extremity made up of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles that all have to work in harmony.
The data was so specific that Waldrop actually gleaned definitive clues showing that someone who hurt a lower extremity was healthier on one side versus the other.
Doctors Glen Gaston and Brayn Loeffler are hand and upper extremity surgeons with OrthoCarolina in Charlotte who operated on Johnson in hopes of getting her as much movement as possible.
At the Conversation, Jane Draycott of the University of Glasgow notes prostheses have also been found in ancient Greece, and advancements in this field likely followed war as soldiers with missing extremities returned home.
A lack of blood flow to her extremities turned her hands stone cold, purple and unrecognizable to Ouweleen.
Trump may be different in degree and extremity from his predecessors, but his administration’s secrecy is part of a disturbing, bipartisan progression.
One woman in her 50s with progressive weakness, swelling and tingling in her extremities was eventually diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
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First Known Use of extremity
EXTREMITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of extremity for Students
1 : the farthest limit, point, or part the extremity of the island
2 : an end part (as a foot) of a limb of the body
3 : an extreme degree (as of emotion)
Medical Definition of extremity
1: the farthest or most remote part, section, or point
2: a limb of the body; especially : a human hand or foot
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