pop·​li·​te·​al | \ ˌpä-plə-ˈtē-əl How to pronounce popliteal (audio) also pä-ˈpli-tē-əl How to pronounce popliteal (audio) \

Definition of popliteal

: 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, "Fentanyl, veterinary drug were in body of New Orleans jail inmate who overdosed, coroner says," 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, "David Duchovny Is Lending His Pool to Paralympic Swimmer to Train During COVID-19 Shutdowns," 14 Aug. 2020 The popliteal artery is behind the knee, and is the one damaged. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Zach Miller has surgery to save leg; many surgeries to come," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of popliteal

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for popliteal

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

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“Popliteal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popliteal. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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pop·​li·​te·​al | \ ˌpäp-lə-ˈtē-əl also päp-ˈlit-ē- \

Medical Definition of popliteal

: of or relating to the back part of the leg behind the knee joint

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