Definitions

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

  • adj. Anatomy Of, relating to, or located near the axilla.
  • adj. Botany Of, relating to, or located in an axil.
  • n. Variant of axillar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve.
  • adj. Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit.
  • adj. Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy, pertaining to the axilla; contained in the axilla: as, the axillary boundaries; the axillary vessels.
  • In the arthropod animals, pertaining to an articulation or joint: said of parts which are attached to the point of union of two joints or other movable parts of the body.
  • In botany, pertaining to or growing from the axil (of plants). See cut under axil.
  • n. Same as axillar.
  • n. In the Crinoidea, the pentagonal plate which supports the branched arms.

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

  • adj. of or relating to the armpit
  • adj. of or relating to the axil

Etymologies

Alteration by association with -ary of the French axillaire ("of the axilla"), itself an alteration of the earlier forms aisselliere and aissellaire, both from the assumed Latin etymon *axillāris, from axilla ("armpit"), diminutive form of the assumed *axula. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From this latter point the vessels and nerves take the name axillary, and in this axillary region the relative position of the nerves and vessels to each other and to the adjacent organs is somewhat changed.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • _Flowers_ -- Yellow, about 3/4 in. broad, numerous, in short axillary clusters on the upper part of plant.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • David H. Song, a breast-cancer surgeon and vice chairman of surgery at the University of Chicago, said for two years or more his hospital had been steering many women away from an extensive type of lymph-node surgery known as axillary lymph-node dissection.

    Doctors See Chance to Reduce Mastectomies

  • Until recently, the standard practice for this was a procedure called axillary node dissection AND, which generally removed a dozen or more lymph nodes in the armpit, often resulting in permanent arm difficulties including stiffness and lymphedema, or swelling.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Salmonids all have a small appendage called the axillary process located at the origin of the pelvic fins on the body.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • The new research grew out of efforts in the 1990s to minimize lymph node surgery in the armpit, called axillary dissection.

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  • Certain women with breast cancer who had only their sentinel lymph node removed - the lymph node closest to the cancer - survived just as long as women who had more extensive surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit, known as axillary lymph node dissection or ALND, the researchers found.

    FOXNews.com

  • Based on a California cancer registry, researchers found that more than a third of some 18,000 women who had undergone mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer had had their lymph nodes removed as well -- a procedure known as axillary lymph node dissection, or ALND.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Based on a California cancer registry, researchers found that more than a third of some 18,000 women who had undergone mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer had had their lymph nodes removed as well, a procedure known as axillary lymph node dissection, or ALND.

    FOXNews.com

  • Certain women with breast cancer who had only their sentinel lymph node removed -- the lymph node closest to the cancer -- survived just as long as women who had more extensive surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit, known as axillary lymph node dissection or ALND, the researchers found.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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