Axilla

area of human body beneath joint between arm and torso
(Redirected from Armpit)

The axilla (also armpit, underarm, or oxter) is the area on the human body right under where the joint where the arm connects to the shoulder. The axilla is one of the four places where an medical thermometer can be used to measure human body temperature. The other places are the rectum, mouth, and ear canal.[1]

What is in the area of the axillaEdit

In the area where the axllia is, the body parts that are found are the axillary vein, axillary artery, brachial plexus, lymph nodes and fat.

Hair of the axillaEdit

 
A woman with axilla hair

During puberty, hair will grow in the underarms. Many women choose to shave or remove this hair because it gives a neater and cleaner look when wearing some types of clothes, however some women do not shave and choose to have a natural look for cultural or symbolic reasons.

Body odorEdit

Body odor occurs in the axilla due to microorganisms.

Due to this, many companies make deodorants to help remove the bad odor.

What the axilla is known forEdit

Many people think of the axilla as being a ticklish spot.

Other words for axillaEdit

In the U.K., the axilla is called the oxter.[2]

Underarm, another word for axilla, only is the outside of the axilla.

Armpit, like underarm, refers to the axilla, but also means an object or place that is smelly or greasy.[3]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Glenn Elert and his students (2005), "Temperature of a Healthy Human (Body Temperature)", The Physics Factbook
  2. "BBC - Voices - Multilingual Nation". Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  3. "Definition of armpit - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary". Retrieved 2007-12-23.