Definition of axillary in US English:



  • 1Relating to the armpit.

    ‘enlargement of the axillary lymph nodes’
    • ‘Biopsy sites included cervical, mediastinal, supraclavicular, axillary, and inguinal lymph nodes, as well as masses of the cecum, stomach, colon, oropharynx, and eyelid.’
    • ‘Bone marrow and axillary lymph node biopsies both contained mixed cellularity Hodgkin lymphoma.’
    • ‘There were ipsilateral matted axillary lymph nodes, and the overlying skin showed peau d' orange.’
    • ‘We compared the findings in these lymph nodes with lymph nodes obtained from axillary and inguinal dissections during surgical procedures.’
    • ‘The anterior landmark for the axillary site corresponded with the articulation of the third rib and sternum.’
    1. 1.1Botany In or growing from an axil.
      ‘axillary shoots’
      Often contrasted with terminal
      • ‘This line appeared to be suitable to study in more detail the local consequences of enhanced cytokinin production in axillary meristems.’
      • ‘These branches grow out from orthotropic epicormic buds that apparently originate from the axillary meristems in the main stem.’
      • ‘They have more leaves and axillary shoots and more leaf surface area per plant than do seedlings from the other two subspecies.’
      • ‘Three main aspects of vegetative development were investigated: the quantity of primary growth; the number and nature of developing axillary shoots; and meristem death.’
      • ‘In contrast, buds in axillary positions on 1-year-old long shoots differentiated less often into a floral bud.’