Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, at, or near the tail or hind parts; posterior.
  • adjective Situated beneath or on the underside; inferior.
  • adjective Similar to a tail in form or function.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In ichthyology, the caudal fin of a fish.
  • noun In anatomy a caudal or coccygeal vertebra. Abbreviated cd. in ichthyological formulas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a tail; having a tail-like appendage.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) the terminal fin (or “tail”) of a fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective anatomy Pertaining to the tail or posterior or hind part of a body.
  • noun A caudal vertebra

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

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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin caudālis, from Latin cauda, tail.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin cauda

Examples

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

    Caudal gland of Arion subfuscus

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

    Caudal gland of Arion subfuscus

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

    Archive 2008-12-01

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

    Archive 2008-12-01

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

    Trout and Salmon of North America

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

    Trout and Salmon of North America

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

    Trout and Salmon of North America

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

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • 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.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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

    The Human Brain

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