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

  • adj. Of, at, or near the tail or hind parts; posterior: the caudal fin of a fish.
  • adj. Situated beneath or on the underside; inferior.
  • adj. Anatomy Similar to a tail in form or function.

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  • adj. Pertaining to the tail or posterior or hind part of a body.
  • n. A caudal vertebra

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a tail; having a tail-like appendage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or situated near the tail; having the nature or appearance of a tail. Specifically
  • In anatomy, having a position or relation toward the tail when compared with some other part: the opposite of cephalic (which see). Thus, the neck is a caudal part of the body with reference to the head. See caudad.
  • In entomology, pertaining to or on the end of the abdomen: as, a caudal style; a caudal spot.
  • n. In ichthyology, the caudal fin of a fish.
  • n. In anatomy a caudal or coccygeal vertebra. Abbreviated cd. in ichthyological formulas.

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

  • adv. toward the posterior end of the body
  • adj. resembling a tail
  • adj. situated in or directed toward the part of the body from which the tail arises
  • adj. constituting or relating to a tail


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

New Latin caudālis, from Latin cauda, tail.

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From Latin cauda


  • This gland is known as the caudal gland and the depression containing it as the caudal pit or caudal fossa.

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  • The swelling anterior to the pit and partially covering it is called the caudal horn.

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  • Some anglers call the caudal peduncle area the “wrist,” especially on Atlantic salmon.

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  • McGown's colleagues regarded him as a highly skilled anaesthetist and a pioneer in the technique of injecting morphine into the spine of patients (known as caudal anaesthesia) to reduce post-operative pain.

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  • The technique is called caudal anesthesia (kaw'dul; "tail" L) because of the region of the body punctured.

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  • The precise values – the center of the propulsive strokes, the angle at which the caudal fin is held, the point of its two-dimensional visual field at which distant points approach without changing their position on that field – cannot be genetically determined, since there are too many factors involved, including all the factors that determine where the center of mass is.

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  • Intraoperative placement of caudal and lumbar epidural nerve blocks with and without catheter

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  • This rostro-caudal or front to back movement is normal.

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  • El Fideicomiso de Tierras del Caño Martín Peña, orquestado por el Proyecto Enlace y el Grupo de 8 comunidades aledañas al cuerpo de agua, es un proyecto ejemplar que le sigue la pista no a las misiones de Hugo Chávez ni a la Reforma Urbana de Cuba, sino a iniciativas similares en los Estados Unidos que han logrado mantener un caudal de vivienda asequible para los pobres y las familias de escasos recursos.

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