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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling the arm or a similar or homologous part, such as the foreleg, wing, or other forelimb of a vertebrate: the brachial artery.

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  • adj. Pertaining or belonging to the arm.
  • adj. Of the nature of an arm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining or belonging to the arm.
  • adj. Of the nature of an arm; resembling an arm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to the arm, fore leg, wing, pectoral fin, or other fore limb of a vertebrate; especially, belonging to the upper part of such member, from the shoulder to the elbow.
  • Of or pertaining to the brachia of the Brachiopoda or of other animals, as the wings of pteropods, the arms of cephalopods, the rays of crinoids, etc
  • n. In ichthyology, one of the series of bones to which the rays of the pectoral fins of fishes are attached.
  • n. In human anatomy: The brachial artery. In the Latin form brachialis (anticus), a muscle of the front of the upper arm, arising from the front of the humerus and inserted into the ulna, flexing the forearm. Also called anticobrachialis. See cut under muscle.
  • n. One of the joints of the branches of a crinoid, between the radials and the palmars; one of the joints of the third order, or of a division of the radials.
  • n. In the morphology of the Crinoidea, one of the calcareous plates which compose the arms.

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  • adj. of or relating to an arm


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

From Latin brācchiālis, from brācchium, arm; see brachium.

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Late Latin *brachialis, from Classical Latin brachium ("arm")


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  • JM wonders, given his family name, why he has just discovered the very useful word ‘brachial’.

    April 25, 2011