American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Situated in front of or superior to the median axis of the body or a body part.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or situated upon that side of the axis of either fore or hind limb of a vertebrate which is anterior when the limb is extended at a right angle with the long axis of the body: the opposite of postaxial.
- adj. Located in front of an axis
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Situated in front of any transverse axis in the body of an animal; anterior; cephalic; esp., in front, or on the anterior, or cephalic (that is, radial or tibial) side of the axis of a limb.
- pre- + axial (Wiktionary)
“THEY CONTINUED TO GROW, the first or most preaxial digits of Sissy's hands.”
“Jelly took Sissy's hand, carefully avoiding its first or most preaxial digit, and helped her to feel the depression in her belly.”
“They continued to grow, the first or most preaxial digits of Sissy's hands, and not quite in direct ratio with the rest of her growing-girl self.”
“Were your brain appreciably larger, large enough to put the strain on your Princess Grace neck that your loppy preaxial digits put upon your wrists, you conceivably would possess a superior intellect.”
“Dr. Robbins looked hard at Sissy's preaxial digits, then at his own.”
“The saying concerned the first or most preaxial digit of the human hand, although it had nothing to do with palmistry.”
“It says 'the short, thick first or most preaxial digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers by having two phalanges and greater freedom of movement.”
“They do not know, are never to know, whether the sound issued from your throat or was produced by your first or most preaxial digit as it was thrown through air.”
“The preaxial part is derived from the anterior segments, the postaxial from the posterior segments of the limb-bud; and this explains, to a large extent, the innervation of the adult limb, the nerves of the more anterior segments being distributed along the preaxial (radial or tibial), and those of the more posterior along the postaxial (ulnar or fibular) border of the limb.”
“The lateral epicondyle of the humerus, the radius, and the thumb lie along the preaxial border of the upper limb; and the medial epicondyle of the femur, the tibia, and the great toe along the corresponding border of the lower limb.”
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