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ax·il·lar·y fos·sa

[TA]
depression between the anterior and posterior axillary folds forming the floor of the axilla; after puberty, this is a site of hair growth and an abundance of sweat glands.
Synonym(s): fossa axillaris [TA], armpit
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armpit

(ärm′pĭt′)
n.
The hollow under the upper part of the arm at the shoulder.
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axilla

The depressed hollow region located under the shoulder joint, medial to the upper arm.
Content  Axillary vessels, including the axillary artery (the extension of the subclavian artery, which becomes the brachial artery) and the axillary vein (which arises from the brachial veins and basilica vein and becomes the subclavian vein); axillary nerves; brachial plexus; lymph nodes; fat; loose connective tissue.
Muscles, anterior to posterior Pectoralis major, deltoid, biceps brachii, coracobrachialis, teres major and latissimus dorsi, and long head of triceps.
Medical significance Site of lymphatic drainage from the arm (e.g., for melanomas) and breast (e.g., for breast cancer).
Sports injuries Axillary (nerve) damage is uncommon, but well-described in contacts sports (e.g., from collisions in ice hockey or tackling in American football).
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Patient discussion about armpit

Q. A lump in my armpit Hi, Last week after the shower I found a small painful lump in my right groin. I went to see a doctor and he prescribed me some antibiotics. I’ve been taking it for 5 days and the lump is still there. I’m 31, usually healthy and work-out in the gym regularly, don’t smoke or use drugs and don’t take any medications. Is that dangerous? Should I go and see another doctor?

A. What you describe sounds like enlarged lymph node. The first diagnosis that’s suspected in such case is an infection that makes it painful. The antibiotics you take need several more days to act, so currently it doesn’t sound suspicious. If the lump persist, it’d be wise to consult you doctor

Q. I located a lump on the surface of my right underarm. I think I am showing some signs of breast cancer. I am 27 years old working lady. I think I am showing some signs of breast cancer. I located a lump on the surface of my right underarm. This lump is of a cherry size and does not pain at all. But I do have pain in my breast. I had my mammogram done which showed no lump and my doctor says that there is nothing to worry and she has given me some medicines. I want to know that if everything is normal then how come these lumps came.

A. there are ways to diagnose if lumps are breast cancer or not. a lump under the forearm can be a sign of an advanced stage of cancer, but it can also mean some kind of viral infection that caused a lymph node to swell up. so if a doctor told you it's fine- he probably checked it out, and it's fine. if you still anxious - go get a second opinion.

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By contrast, apocrine glands occur in areas that contain a lot of hair follicles, like the groin and armpit. Instead of opening up to the surface of the skin, apocrine glands empty into the hair follicle and then open up to the surface.
The word 'waki' also happens to mean 'armpit' in Japanese.
"Through the secretions of various glands that open onto the skin or into hair follicles, this environment is nutrient-rich and hosts its own microbial community, the armpit microbiome, of many species of different microbes.
Hayley said: "I decided to stop shaving my armpits at the end of last year.
The text of the ad read, "Dear New Jersey, When people call you 'The Armpit of America,' take it as a compliment.
Dove's Nutrition Moisture deodorant ad featured an image of a young woman with her arm raised and the caption: "Dear New Jersey, when people call you 'The Armpit of America,' take it as a compliment.
Fireman Iain McElhone was found not guilty of brandishing a banana at Kulwinder Singh Sidhu and scratching his armpit in what was said to be a "monkey impression".
The fireman had been accused of brandishing a banana at Kulwinder Singh Sidhu and scratching his armpit like an animal.
No amount of 'overdosing' or bleeding armpits are going to win our sympathy - or Jo's
Unfortunately, try as I might to think globally, the armpits I've found over the years were all in the USA.
Apparently, the ripest odor emanates from our armpits. Our armpits are our focus of attention, but they contribute less than one percent of the total sweat.
No tie and the casual look, a la Cameron - except for the sweaty armpits. Not sure why it happens.