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Dictionary Definition

armpit n : the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder; "they were up to their armpits in water" [syn: axilla, axillary cavity, axillary fossa]

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From arm plus pit



  1. The cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
  2. Somewhere or something considered foul.
    The armpit of America.


cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder
somewhere or something foul

Extensive Definition

The axilla (or armpit, underarm, or oxter) is the area on the human body directly under the joint where the arm connects to the shoulder.


Anatomically, the boundaries are as follows:
The contents of the axilla include the axillary vein and artery, as well as the brachial plexus, lymph nodes and fat.

Underarm hair

Underarm hair usually grows in the underarms of both females and males, beginning in adolescence.
In modern Western culture, it is common for women to remove underarm hair for aesthetic reasons, while men tend to keep it. Throughout the feminist movement, previously in the hippie culture, and in some areas of the punk rock scene, some women choose to keep their underarm hair for a variety of reasons, from subversion to egalitarianism to comfort.

Body odor

Body odor develops in the underarms due in part to the waste products of microorganisms that feed on sebum, the fatty secretions produced by apocrine glands.
A wide variety of deodorant and antiperspirant products are sold for the purpose of mitigating this odor.

Cultural significance

The underarms are among the locations in the human body which are most vulnerable to tickling.
The sexual attraction to the underarms is called axillism.


The term oxter, pronounced 'ock-ster' is most often used in Scotland, northern England, and Ireland. Northern Ireland generally replaces all other names of underarm for oxter.
The term "underarm" only refers to the outer surface of the axilla. However, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably in casual contexts.
Colloquially, armpit refers to an object or place which is smelly, greasy or otherwise undesirable.

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armpit in Arabic: إبط
armpit in Guarani: Jyvaguy
armpit in German: Achsel
armpit in Spanish: Axila
armpit in Esperanto: Akselo
armpit in French: Aisselle
armpit in Scottish Gaelic: Achlais
armpit in Korean: 겨드랑이
armpit in Indonesian: Ketiak
armpit in Italian: Ascella (anatomia)
armpit in Latin: Axilla
armpit in Lithuanian: Pažastis
armpit in Dutch: Oksel
armpit in Japanese: 脇
armpit in Polish: Dół pachowy
armpit in Portuguese: Axila
armpit in Sicilian: Ascidda
armpit in Finnish: Kainalo
armpit in Swedish: Armhåla
armpit in Tagalog: Kilikili
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