pop·​li·​te·​al ˌpä-plə-ˈtē-əl How to pronounce popliteal (audio)
pä-ˈpli-tē-əl How to pronounce popliteal (audio)
: of or relating to the back part of the leg behind the knee joint

Examples of popliteal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The manner of Guild’s death was natural and the causes were pulmonary thromboembolus, a blood clot in the lung, and a thrombus in the left popliteal vein, a vein in the leg, according to the coroner. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, 18 Oct. 2020 And so the Paralympian — who was born with popliteal pterygium syndrome and is a double above-knee amputee — took him up on the offer. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, 14 Aug. 2020 The popliteal artery is behind the knee, and is the one damaged. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, 30 Oct. 2017

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Word History


New Latin popliteus, from Latin poplit-, poples knee joint, back of the knee

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of popliteal was in 1754

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Cite this Entry

“Popliteal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popliteal. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


ˌpäp-lə-ˈtē-əl also päp-ˈlit-ē-
: of or relating to the back part of the leg behind the knee joint
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