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tail

 [tāl]
any slender appendage; called also cauda.
tail of spermatozoon the flagellum of a spermatozoon; it has four regions: the neck, middle piece, principal piece, and end piece.

tail

(tāl), [TA]
1. Any tail, or taillike structure, or tapering or elongated extremity of an organ or other part. Synonym(s): cauda [TA]
2. veterinary anatomy a free appendage representing the caudal end of the vertebral column; covered by skin and hair, feathers, or scales.
[A.S. taegl]

tail

(tāl)
n.
The posterior part of an animal, especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
adj.
Of or relating to a tail or tails: tail feathers.
v. tailed, tailing, tails
v.tr.
To deprive of a tail; dock.

tail′less adj.

tail

adjective Referring to an elongated terminal tapering of an organism, cell, molecule, statistic or other component in a system that slowly arrives to a baseline or disappears.
 
Herbal medicine
noun A trivial name for certain plants—e.g., cat tail, mare’s tail.

Malpractice
noun The end of a period of malpractice liability exposure.

Molecular biology
noun A sequence of nucleotides at the end of a molecule of nucleic acid.

Surgery
noun An elongated mass of tissue.

tail

adjective Referring to an elongated terminal tapering of an organism, cell, molecule, statistic, or other component in a system that slowly arrives to a baseline or disappears noun Surgery An elongated mass of tissue. See Axillary tail.

tail

(tāl) [TA]
1. Any taillike structure, or tapering or elongated extremity of an organ or other part.
2. veterinary anatomy A free appendage representing the caudal end of the vertebral column, covered by skin and hair, feathers, or scales.
Synonym(s): cauda [TA] .
[A.S. taegl]

tail

  1. the rear-most part of an animal.
  2. (in vertebrates) that part behind the anus.

tail

(tāl) [TA]
Any taillike structure or tapering or elongated extremity.
Synonym(s): cauda [TA] .
[A.S. taegl]

Patient discussion about tail

Q. If I sit too long I get a pain in my tail bone area, when I stand it goes away...any idea? I also get a pain just like it on the bottom of my left foot that goes away.

A. Coccygodynia (pain of the tail bone) is not rare and can radiate from the lower back area. Usually it goes away on its own, however if the pain bothers you a lot you can apply anti-inflammation creams locally. If this pain is very disturbing for a while you should see a doctor to examine you once and check there is nothing else there that can cause the pain. Physical activity usually solves low back pain and might help in your case too.

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By focusing on tail winds, we can sidestep potential disagreements about the role of personal responsibility and initiative.
The airline also introduced requirements that flight crews monitor the heading and wind speed and that a go-around be carried out whenever the tail wind limitations have been exceeded.
Mr Squires said: "It's true that the scrappage scheme provided dealers with a pretty strong tail wind.
David Boughton won Coventry Road Club's Maxstoke hill climb as a cold tail wind cut half a minute from last year's times.He clocked 4-42 to beat runner-up Howard Lewis by 12 seconds with Steven Hopper (4-59) in third.
But the tail wind meant the plane didn't slow down fast enough and was heading straight for a 10ft hedge, forcing Mr Doyle, of North Shields, North Tyneside, into a turn.
although the times today have been quite quick, there has been a lovely tail wind and all the jockeys have agreed
Despite a slow start which saw them fail to take full advantage of a strong tail wind, Pooler eventually raised their game to overcome both Cross Keys and the prevailing storm.
My exciting life in the build-up to the Games consists of sprinting around the now slightly bumpy roads of Heath Park and trying to chase through the lights at Caerphilly Road (as it is slightly downhill and there is usually a tail wind) and if I am on a longer run then it is down Crwys Road - with my fingers crossed as I hit 22 miles an hour that someone won't press the pedestrian crossing button at the bottom.
As a result their sole reward of the first half tail wind came from a Matthew Hutchings's penalty.
They would pedal along the raised glass-enclosed tunnel, with turbines providing a tail wind that should enable them to reach speeds of 25mph.
"There was a little bit of a tail wind, but apart from that the weather conditions were perfect.
The weather last week saw the course dry out to good to firm and the runners were treated to an unusually strong tail wind. The strongest gust was recorded at 47mph which actually saw the two-year-old's six-furlong track record broken.