One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Located anterior to an axis, especially the main axis of the body or of a body part; specifically designating, relating to, or derived from the upper (cranial) border of a developing limb; radial or tibial. Opposed to postaxial.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in St. George Mivart (1827–1900), zoologist and Roman Catholic polemicist. From pre- + axial.
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