Definitions

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

  • adj. Situated beneath the axilla or armpit: subaxillary glands; subaxillary feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Situated under the axilla, or armpit.
  • adj. Placed under the axil, or angle formed by the branch of a plant with the stem, or a leaf with the branch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated under the axilla, or armpit.
  • adj. Placed under the axil, or angle formed by the branch of a plant with the stem, or a leaf with the branch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology: Situated beneath the axilla or armpit.
  • Specifically, in ornithology, same as axillary: as, “subaxillary feathers,”
  • In botany, placed under an axil, or angle formed by the branch of a plant with the stem, or by a leaf with the branch.
  • n. In ornithology, same as axillar or axillary.

Etymologies

sub- +‎ axillary (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hence it is best when it can be recently taken from a patient in the disease; or otherwise it may be diluted with part of a drop of warm water, since its fluidity is likely to occasion its immediate absorption; and the wound should be made as small and superficial as possible, as otherwise ulcers have been supposed sometimes to ensue with subaxillary abscesses.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

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