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Definition of "popliteal" [pop•lit•e•al]

  • Of or relating to the hollow part of the leg behind the knee joint. (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 "popliteal" in a sentence
  • "Absence of the artery altogether, as in Manec's case, where the popliteal was a continuation of an immensely enlarged sciatic."
  • "A Baker's cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear."
  • "He was hit in the back of the knee by a bullet that clipped his popliteal artery and his boot began to fill with his blood."