One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or like a tail.
- ‘Their caudal vertebrae differ however, in that those of phlegethontiids exhibit a posterior displacement of the foramina.’
- ‘Scales from mid-body to the tail and the caudal and dorsal fins have black spots.’
- ‘As a result, many boxfishes cannot bend their bodies anterior to their caudal peduncles, and almost all of their swimming movements derive from complex combinations of motions of their five fins.’
- ‘The associated hadrosaur material consists of four caudal vertebrae and a fragmentary dentary.’
- ‘The decapod remains were located between 0.5 and 3.0 m from a titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur caudal vertebra.’
- 1.1 At or near the tail or the posterior part of the body.
rear, hind, back, hinder, rearwardView synonyms
- ‘In the posterior precaudal and anterior caudal vertebrae rib shafts become hairlike structures.’
- ‘The needle is inserted into the interscalene groove in a slightly medial, caudal, and posterior direction to avoid the vertebral column and vascular structures.’
- ‘The body of the seventh sometimes bears bilaterally, near its caudal border, a costal pit for the head of the first rib.’
- ‘Each trochlear nerve makes its exit through the caudal tectum (the dorsal portion of the midbrain), immediately lateral to the frenulum of the superior medullary velum.’
- ‘A perpendicular is erected from the end plate of the most caudal vertebrae, whose inferior end plate tilts maximally to the concavity of the curve (inferior end vertebrae).’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin caudalis, from Latin cauda ‘tail’.
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