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axilla

axilla , gen and pl. axillae (ak´sil´a, ak-sil´e)

The space below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major anteriorly, the latissimus dorsi posteriorly, the serratus anterior medially, and the humerus laterally; it has a superior opening between the clavicle, scapula, and first rib (cervicoaxillary canal), and an inferior opening covered by the axillary fascia; it contains the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, axillary lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue.fossa axillaris [NA] , armpit, axil, axillary cavity, axillary fossa, axillary space, maschale; [L.]

 

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