Definition of basilar in English:

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basilar

Pronunciation: /ˈbasɪlə/

adjective

Of or situated at the base of something, especially of the skull, or of the organ of Corti in the ear.
Example sentences
  • Transverse sections through the pons show that it consists of two parts - the basilar, or ventral pons, and the dorsally located pontine tegmentum.
  • Many arterial branches arise from the vertebral and basilar artery to supply the medulla oblongata and the pons.
  • The sphenoidal sinus may be absent or small; it may be very large and extend into the basilar process of the occipital bone, the greater or lesser wings of the sphenoid, or the pterygoid processes.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from modern Latin basilaris, formed irregularly from Latin basis (see basis).

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