One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Located posterior to an axis, especially the main axis of the body or of a body part; specifically designating, relating to, or derived from the lower (caudal) border of a developing limb; ulnar or fibular. Opposed to preaxial.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in St. George Mivart (1827–1900), zoologist and Roman Catholic polemicist. From post- + axial.
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