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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n axilla the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder "they were up to their armpits in water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Axilla (Bot) An axil.
    • n Axilla ăks*ĭl"lȧ (Anat) The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n axilla In anatomy, the armpit; a region of the body in the recess between the upper arm (or in birds the upper part of the wing) and the side of the chest beneath the shoulder. It is pyramidal in shape, its apex corresponding to the interval between the scaleni muscles opposite the first rib.
    • n axilla In botany, same as axil, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Axilla aks′il-la (anat.) the armpit
    • ns Axilla (bot.) the angle between the upper side of a branch and the trunk, or a petiole and the stem it springs from
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. axilla, the armpit.


In literature:

At birth her mamma were well developed and her axillae were slightly covered with hair.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The heat in the axilla, over the heart and region of the stomach, was in my case 100 Deg.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Absorption takes place, and tumors appear in each axilla.
"A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
There is more hair on the face and in the axilla, and the difference between the sexes is much more obvious.
"The Red Man's Continent" by Ellsworth Huntington
The spots chosen are the cavity of the axilla, corresponding with our arm-pit, and the crease where the thigh joins the belly.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
The head of the bone can be felt by pressing the fingers high up in the axilla.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
In the axilla of the pectoral there are four or five pale round spots.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
More usually the temperature is taken in the mouth, axilla or groin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The blossoms grow on slender foot-stalks, of a pale yellow color, from the axillae of the leaves and the extremity of the branches.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
A large blood extravasation developed in the axilla, accompanied by cutaneous ecchymosis extending halfway down the arm.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Axillae: two small, subtriangular sclerites at the lateral basal angles of the meso-scutellum in Proctytripidae.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The operation for tying the brachial artery near the axilla.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The axilla is the favorite site.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
A thin layer of wool is placed in the axilla to separate the skin surfaces.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
He had a little pain in the axilla, and felt a slight indisposition for three or four hours.
"An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae" by Edward Jenner
Ventrolateral glands weakly developed, not reaching axilla or groin and broadly separated midventrally.
"A Review of the Middle American Tree Frogs of the Genus Ptychohyla" by William E. Duellman
This murmur may be transmitted out into the axilla and be heard at the inferior angle of the left scapula.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Flanks dark brown with pale blue spots in axilla and groin and bluish white flecks on mid-flank.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
The whole right arm, but principally the axilla, feels as if it had been dislocated by a blow.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
They are confined to no part of the body, but appear usually earliest and most abundantly upon the folds of the axilla and upon the abdomen.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In news:

There were two large mobile nodes palpable in the left axilla .
(A) Skin-coloured tumour in the left axilla of a 14-year old girl.
Positron-emission tomography/computed tomography demonstrated high F18-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in the neck and also in the right axilla .