Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or consisting of an appendage or appendages, especially the limbs: the appendicular skeleton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a limb or appendage
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the appendix

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to an appendicle; appendiculate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of an appendicle; appendiculate: specifically, in anatomy, opposed to axial: thus, the whole skeleton of a vertebrate is divided into the axial and the appendicular skeletons, the latter being that of the limbs or appendages.
  • Relating to an appendicle, specifically to the appendix vermiformis: as, appendicular colic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or consisting of an appendage or appendages; especially the limbs

Etymologies

From Latin appendicula, diminutive of appendix, appendic-, appendix; see appendix.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The skeletal system of trout and salmon consists of the skull, backbone, a set of bones called the appendicular skeleton, and the ribs and intermuscular bones.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • The site was dominated by cranial and appendicular elements, with analysis showing that the remains were sorted by currents, washing away smaller elements.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Abundant shaft fragments, rare epiphyseal portions, and the extremely low representation of axial postcrania as compared to those of the appendicular and craniodental skeletons, combined with the high tooth-marking rates, suggest that the Aramis ecosystem may have matched highly competitive modern settings such as Ngorongoro Crater 10.

    Ardipithecus ramidus: The Geological, Environmental, and Taphonomic Background - The Panda's Thumb

  • A mammalian molecular consensus phylogeny was taken, and appendicular and cecal characters were mapped onto the constraint tree as described in the Materials and methods.

    Evolution of the appendix? - The Panda's Thumb

  • Phylogenetic tree of mammalian relationships with appendicular characters mapped onto it.

    Evolution of the appendix? - The Panda's Thumb

  • ABSTRACT—A bone bed in the middle part of the Javelina Formation Maastrichtian in Texas yielded parts of about 37 identifiable ceratopsid dinosaur bones, mostly appendicular and limb girdle elements belonging to one juvenile and two adult individuals of Torosaurus cf. utahensis.

    Finally.....

  • I have, from these facts, been led to the conclusion that the use of honey-secreting glands in plants is to attract insects that will protect the flower buds and leaves from being injured by herbivorous insects and mammals; but I do not mean to infer that this is the use of all glands, for many of the small appendicular bodies, called

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7

  • = -- The appendicular organs may likewise be found united to the axile ones.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • Between its two layers and close to its free margin lies the appendicular artery (Fig. 1073).

    XI. Splanchnology. 2h. The Large Intestine

  • —The skeleton is of mesodermal origin, and may be divided into (a) that of the trunk (axial skeleton), comprising the vertebral column, skull, ribs, and sternum, and (b) that of the limbs (appendicular skeleton).

    II. Osteology. 1. Development of the Skeleton

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