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axilla

 [ak-sil´ah] (pl. axil´lae) (L.)
the armpit.
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ax·il·la

, gen. and pl.

ax·il·lae

(ak'sil'ă, ak-sil'ē), [TA]
The space below the glenohumeral joint, bounded by the pectoralis major anteriorly, the latissimus dorsi posteriorly, the serratus anterior medially, and the humerus laterally; it has a superior opening between the clavicle, scapula, and first rib (cervicoaxillary canal), and an inferior opening or floor covered by the axillary fascia and skin of the axillary fossa (armpit); it contains the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, axillary lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue.
See also: fossa, axillary fossa.
[L.]
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axilla

(ăk-sĭl′ə)
n. pl. ax·illae (-sĭl′ē)
1. The armpit.
2. A body part analogous to the armpit, such as the hollow under a bird's wing.
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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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ax·il·la

, pl. axillae (ak-sil'ă, -sil'ē) [TA]
The space below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major anteriorly, the latissimus dorsi posteriorly, the serratus anterior medially, and the humerus laterally; it has a superior opening between the clavicle, scapula, and first rib (cervicoaxillary canal), and an inferior opening covered by the axillary fascia; it contains the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, axillary lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue.
Synonym(s): axillary cavity.
[L.]
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axilla

The armpit.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Axilla (plural, axillae)

The medical term for the armpit.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ax·il·la

, gen. and pl. axillae (ak-sil'ă, -sil'ē) [TA]
The space below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major anteriorly, the latissimus dorsi posteriorly, the serratus anterior medially, and the humerus laterally; it has a superior opening between the clavicle, scapula, and first rib (cervicoaxillary canal), and an inferior opening covered by the axillary fascia; it contains the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, axillary lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue.
Synonym(s): axillary cavity.
[L.]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about axilla

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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References in periodicals archive ?
In humans, it is represented by a fibrous arch that joins the latissimus dorsi muscle with the long head of the brachial triceps at the lateral wall of the axilla, although it can also be presented in a carnous state (Testut & Latarjet, 1967).
The study concluded that SLN can be used confidently in patients of early breast cancer and axilla can be spared of unnecessary dissection provided frozen section biopsy is available thereby minimizing morbidity associated with MRM.
HS occurs on skin containing hair follicles, most commonly the axilla, groin, buttocks, inframammary fold, and perineum (17, 18).
A Rare Presentation of An Ectopic Breast Tissue In Axilla. Pol Przegl Chir.
Imaging methods for the local lymphatic system of the axilla in early breast cancer in patients qualified forsentinel lymph node biopsy.
Of the 160 patients, 31.25 per cent (n=50) were detected as hypothermic by either a tympanic or axilla thermometer on arrival to PACU.
face, arms, axilla, breast, thighs, trunk, scalp or pubic region and is the commonest eccrine tumour.5 The lesion usually presents as a single slow growing painless lump of variable duration measuring 0.5 cm to several centimeters.6 It is located in the dermis and subcutaneous fat.1 Underlying muscle and epidermis is spared but occasionally there may be overlying skin discoloration or ulceration.6,7
LRC was no recurrence of tumor/tumor control in chest wall, axilla, residual breast tissue, and/or infraclavicular/supraclavicular lymph nodes.
It has been reported that truncal lymphedema involving chest, axilla, shoulder, breast, and back regions can appear in some breast cancer survivors [7, 8].
Oh, "Giant fibroadenoma in the axilla: a common entity of uncommon size in a rare location," Archives of Plastic Surgery, vol.
Misdiagnosis is particularly likely to occur in a nonobese, comatose adolescent with striae in uncommon locations such as the upper back and axilla. Increased awareness of this condition is crucial so that false accusations of child abuse are not made.