• 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

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 .