axilla

[ak-sil-uh]
noun, plural axillae [ak-sil-ee] .
1.
Anatomy. the armpit.
2.
Ornithology. the corresponding region under the wing of a bird.
3.
Botany. an axil.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin

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axilla (ækˈsɪlə)
 
n , pl -lae
1.  the technical name for the armpit
2.  the area on the undersurface of a bird's wing corresponding to the armpit
 
[C17: from Latin: armpit]

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axilla ax·il·la (āk-sĭl'ə)
n. pl. ax·il·lae (-sĭl'ē)
See armpit.

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On either side of the thorax, from the axilla downward, the flattened external surfaces of the ribs may be defined.
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