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popliteal (adj.)

"of or pertaining to the back of the knee," 1786, with -al (1) + Modern Latin popliteus (n.) "flat, triangular muscle at the back of the knee-joint," 1704, short for popliteus (musculus), from Latin poples "ham (of the leg)," which is of unknown origin.

updated on August 30, 2020

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Definitions of popliteal from WordNet

popliteal (adj.)
of or relating to the area behind the knee joint;
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