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1. one of the paired appendages of the body used in locomotion and grasping; see arm and leg. Called also member, membrum, and extremity.
2. a structure or part resembling an arm or leg.
anacrotic limb ascending limb (def. 2).
artificial limb a replacement for a missing limb; see also prosthesis.
ascending limb
1. the distal part of Henle's loop.
2. the ascending portion of an arterial pulse tracing; called also anacrotic limb.
catacrotic limb descending limb (def. 2).
descending limb
1. the proximal part of Henle's loop.
2. the descending portion of an arterial pulse tracing; called also catacrotic limb.
lower limb the limb of the body extending from the gluteal region to the foot; it is specialized for weight-bearing and locomotion. See also leg.
pectoral limb the arm (upper limb), or a homologous part.
pelvic limb the leg (lower limb), or a homologous part.
phantom limb the sensation, after amputation of a limb, that the absent part is still present; there may also be paresthesias, transient aches, and intermittent or continuous pain perceived as originating in the absent limb.
residual limb stump.
thoracic limb pectoral limb.
upper limb the limb of the body extending from the deltoid region to the hand; it is specialized for functions requiring great mobility, such as grasping and manipulating. See also arm.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

low·er limb

the hip, thigh, leg, ankle, and foot.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

low·er limb

(lō'ĕr lim) [TA]
The hip, thigh, leg, ankle, and foot.
Synonym(s): lower extremity.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Also, concomitant agenesis of the two aforementioned muscles was not found, possibly because its absence does not determine a marked biomechanical disability in the inferior limb and can easily be unnoticed; that is why we consider this report as pertinent.
Specifically, the strength of the inferior limbs, coordination, balance, and walking, along with a cognitive task and other simultaneous motor tasks, are measured.
When possible, the inferior limbs should be slightly raised to reduce venous stasis and pressure on the heels.
The joint of the hip between the femur head and the acetabulum depends on the angle formed between the femur neck and the diaphysis, keeping the inferior limbs more distant from the pelvis and allowing greater rotation, of the hip joint (Isaac).
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Walking increases extension while the inferior limb situated posteriorly rotates the pelvis accentuating the lumbar lordosis.
Mental status examination at admission was compatible with stupor, but three days later she begin to show spontaneous high amplitude myoclonus and intermittent inhibitory paratonia in inferior limbs, leading us to request Neurology consultation.
Female patient, 75 years old, came to cardiological exam, due to dyspneea with ortopneea, inferior limbs edema, altered general status.
Toxicological clinical evaluation confirmed the altered neurological picture documented across the last decade (Table 1), characterized by motor ataxia, postural instability, positive Romberg, increased motor tone, paresthesias, and sensory deficits in-touch at inferior limbs. Neurophysiological tests (e.g., motor-sensory electroneurography (ENeG) and vegetative nervous system compartment electroneurography) revealed a mild axonal sensory-motor polyneuropathy at superior and inferior limbs.
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