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ancillary

[an-suh-ler-ee or, esp. British, an-sil-uh-ree] /ˈæn səˌlɛr i or, esp. British, ænˈsɪl ə ri/
adjective
1.
subordinate; subsidiary.
2.
auxiliary; assisting.
noun, plural ancillaries.
3.
something that serves in an ancillary capacity:
Slides, records, and other ancillaries can be used with the basic textbook.
Origin of ancillary
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin ancill(a) (see ancilla) + -ary; compare Latin ancillāris having the status of a female slave, with -āris -ar1
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ancillary

/ænˈsɪlərɪ/
adjective
1.
subsidiary
2.
auxiliary; supplementary: ancillary services
noun (pl) -laries
3.
a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or person: the company has an ancillary abroad
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ancillāris concerning maidservants, from ancilla, diminutive of ancūla female servant
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Word Origin and History for ancillary
adj.

1660s, "subservient, subordinate," from Latin ancillaris "relating to maidservants," diminutive of ancilla "handmaid," fem. diminutive of anculus "servant," literally "he who bustles about," from root of ambi- "about" (see ambi-) + PIE *kwol-o-, from root *kwel- "move round, turn about, be much about" (see cycle (n.)).

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ancillary in Medicine

ancillary an·cil·lar·y (ān'sə-lěr'ē)
adj.
Relating to or being auxiliary or secondary.

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