AskDefine | Define extremity

Dictionary Definition



1 an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm" [syn: appendage, member]
2 an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
3 the greatest or utmost degree; "the extremity of despair"
4 the outermost or farthest region or point
5 that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso

User Contributed Dictionary



  • ĭkstrĕ'mĭtē, /ɪkˈstrɛmɪti/, /Ik"strEmIti/


extremity (plural extremities)
  1. The most extreme or furthest point of something.
  2. An extreme measure.
  3. A hand or foot.
    Guillian-Barré syndrome causes one to not be able to move one's extremities.


furthest point
  • Dutch: uiterste, extremiteit
  • Portuguese: extremidade
extreme measure
hand or foot
  • Czech: končetina
  • German: Extremität
  • Portuguese: extremidade
  • Russian: конечность
  • Swedish: extremitet
  • Finnish: ääripää, äärimmäisyys, äärimmäinen toimenpide, * Finnish: raaja

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