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epaxial Line breaks: ep|axial
Pronunciation: /ɛˈpaksɪəl/

Definition of epaxial in English:


Anatomy & Zoology
Situated on the dorsal side of an axis: epaxial muscles
More example sentences
  • If a salamander is to swim straight, the action of these muscle fibers must be balanced by muscle fibers dorsal to the vertebral centra, presumably in the epaxial musculature.
  • All of this head motion must be executed by epaxial musculature if the pectoral girdle is reduced or lost, which requires a strong anchor and lever for force transmission.
  • To the best of my knowledge, this tendon insertional pattern represents a unique morphological construct for cetaceans, mammals that lack connections between epaxial muscles and pelves.
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