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Definition of "appendicular" [ap•pen•dic•u•lar]

  • Of, relating to, or consisting of an appendage or appendages, especially the limbs: the appendicular skeleton. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "appendicular" in a sentence
  • "The skeletal system of trout and salmon consists of the skull, backbone, a set of bones called the appendicular skeleton, and the ribs and intermuscular bones."
  • "The site was dominated by cranial and appendicular elements, with analysis showing that the remains were sorted by currents, washing away smaller elements."
  • "Abundant shaft fragments, rare epiphyseal portions, and the extremely low representation of axial postcrania as compared to those of the appendicular and craniodental skeletons, combined with the high tooth-marking rates, suggest that the Aramis ecosystem may have matched highly competitive modern settings such as Ngorongoro Crater 10."
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