Share this entry

Share this page

basilar

Line breaks: basi|lar
Pronunciation: /ˈbasɪlə
 
/

Definition of basilar in English:

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).

Definition of basilar in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day vicarious
Pronunciation: vəˈkerēəs
adjective
experienced in the imagination through another person's feelings…