Adjective "basilar" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of or situated at the base of something, especially of the skull, or of the organ of Corti in the ear.
  1. 'Many arterial branches arise from the vertebral and basilar artery to supply the medulla oblongata and the pons.'
  2. 'Transverse sections through the pons show that it consists of two parts - the basilar, or ventral pons, and the dorsally located pontine tegmentum.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'The Corallimorpharia have a flattened adherent base, similar to Scleractinia, but without a base plate or basilar muscles.'
  5. 'Aneurysms located at the basilar apex carry a relatively high risk of rupture.'
  6. 'A chest radiograph showed bilateral diffuse basilar infiltrates, otherwise unchanged from findings on previous radiographs.'
  7. 'The cysts are lined by a smooth, definable wall, with the majority found in basilar, subpleural locations.'
  8. 'Physical exam is usually unremarkable with the exception of basilar rales in some patients.'
  9. 'Both agents are contraindicated in patients with ischemic or vasospastic coronary artery disease, uncontrolled hypertension, and hemiplegic or basilar migraine headache.'
  10. 'A basilar and an apical chest tube are placed at the end of the procedure.'


1. pertaining to or situated at the base, especially the base of the skull.

2. basal.

More examples(as adjective)

"headaches can be basilar."

"arteries can be basilar."


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