Axillary

Axillary is an anatomical term derived from axilla, the armpit. "Axillary" literally means "pertaining to the armpit".

In vertebrate anatomy and medicine, it occurs in terms like:
* Axillary artery
* Axillary vein
* Axillary nerve

In birds, the axillaries are the "armpit" feathers which become visible when the bird raises its wing. They can be important in distinguishing species, e.g. in the "Pluvialis" golden plovers.

In botany, axillary refers to the location of a node on a plant stem; more precisely, to the apical angle between a leaf and the stem above it. Almost all buds are located in axillary positions, for example.


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  • Axillary — Ax il*la*ry ([a^]ks [i^]l*l[asl]*r[y^]), a. [See {Axil}.] 1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil. Axillary …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • axillary — (adj.) pertaining to the armpit or shoulder, 1610s, from L. *axillaris, from axilla armpit, upper arm, wing (see AXLE (Cf. axle)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • axillary — [ak′sə ler΄ē, ak sil′ə rē] adj. [Fr axillaire] 1. Anat. of or near the axilla 2. Bot. of, in, or growing from an axil n. AXILLAR …   English World dictionary

  • Axillary — Pertaining to the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and the body, better known as the armpit. The word axilla was borrowed directly from the Latin. To the Romans, as to us, the axilla was just the armpit. * * * Relating to the axilla. SYN:… …   Medical dictionary

  • axillary — I. adjective Date: 1615 1. of, relating to, or located near the axilla 2. situated in or growing from an axil < axillary buds > II. noun (plural laries) Date: circa 1889 one of the feathers arising from the axilla and closing the space between… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • axillary — adjective a) Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve. b) Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil …   Wiktionary

  • axillary — pertaining to an axilla …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • axillary — adj.; pl. ies [L. axilla, armpit] 1. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Pertaining to the axilla. 2. (ECHINODERMATA: Asteroidea) In an axil, applied to a single ossicle. 3. (ECHINODERMATA: Crinoidea) A brachial supporting 2 arm branches …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • axillary — /ak seuh ler ee/, adj., n., pl. axillaries. adj. 1. Anat., Ornith. pertaining to the axilla. 2. Bot. pertaining to or growing from the axil. n. 3. Ornith. axillar. [1605 15; AXILL(A) + ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • axillary —    Attached to a joint …   Forensic science glossary


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