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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hed


  1. The upper or anterior extremity of the animal body, containing the brain and the organs of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
  2. The upper, anterior, or larger extremity, expanded or rounded, of any body, organ, or other anatomic structure.
  3. The rounded extremity of a bone.
  4. That end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.

Synonym(s): caputTA

[A.S. heafod]

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