extremity

noun
ex·​trem·​i·​ty | \ ik-ˈstre-mə-tē \
plural extremities

Definition of extremity

1a : the farthest or most remote part, section, or point the island's westernmost extremity
b : a limb of the body especially : a human hand or foot
2a : extreme danger or critical need
b : a moment marked by imminent destruction or death
3a : an intense degree the extremity of his participationSaturday Rev.
b : the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)
4 : a drastic or desperate act or measure driven to extremities

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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

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But really, any imbalance in muscles of the lower extremity—quads, hamstrings, hip adductors, calves—can impact how your knees feel. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Great Lower-Body Exercises for People With Knee Pain," 5 Oct. 2018 The extremity of this, Cruz thinks, is widely misunderstood. Gaby Wood, Marie Claire, "Penélope Cruz Isn't Scared to Look Back," 4 Jan. 2019 Some stimulants can make your hands and feet feel cold due to poor circulation in the extremities, says Dr. Danoff. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Cold?," 16 Oct. 2018 Riding’s effect on Graves was violently transformative, and the extremity of their story energizes Ms. Moorcroft Wilson’s typically matter-of-fact style. David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Robert Graves’ Review: A Poet of Love and War," 23 Nov. 2018 The other five injured Monday were in stable condition with gunshot wounds to their extremities, police said. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Police try to prevent retaliation after Chicago rapper shot," 23 Oct. 2018 Chest pain that is associated with any stroke-like symptoms (difficulty speaking, new weakness or numbness in the face or an extremity). Philly.com, "Medical mystery: An unexpected - and ironic - cause of chest pain," 24 June 2018 At first passengers reported tingling and pain in some extremities like ears and fingers, and then began struggling to breathe. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Passengers Injured After Flight Crew Forgets to Pressurize Cabin," 21 Sep. 2018 The bags, tied with loose string around the wrists and ankles, gave him bulbous extremities like paws. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of extremity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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extremity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extremity

: a hand or foot
: the farthest limit, point, or part of something
formal : a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)

extremity

noun
ex·​trem·​i·​ty | \ ik-ˈstrem-ə-tē \
plural extremities

Kids Definition of extremity

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)

extremity

noun
ex·​trem·​i·​ty | \ ik-ˈstrem-ət-ē \
plural extremities

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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