Meaning of basilar in English:



  • Of or situated at the base of something, especially of the skull, or of the organ of Corti in the ear.

    • ‘Transverse sections through the pons show that it consists of two parts - the basilar, or ventral pons, and the dorsally located pontine tegmentum.’
    • ‘Many arterial branches arise from the vertebral and basilar artery to supply the medulla oblongata and the pons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Approximately 20 percent of patients had internal carotid, vertebral, or basilar artery lesions, and 6 percent had multiple lesions.’
    • ‘A shallow fossa is occasionally found on the ventral surface of the basilar portion anterior to the pharyngeal tubercle, which has been interpreted as a vestige of the canal of the notochord.’
    • ‘The largest branch of the vertebral leaves before the junction of the vertebrals to form the basilar artery.’
    • ‘The large basilar artery is formed at the lower border of the pons by the union of the two vertebral arteries.’
    • ‘Within 48 hours, basilar or central alveolar flooding occurs and pleural effusions are often seen.’
    • ‘Both agents are contraindicated in patients with ischemic or vasospastic coronary artery disease, uncontrolled hypertension, and hemiplegic or basilar migraine headache.’
    • ‘The Corallimorpharia have a flattened adherent base, similar to Scleractinia, but without a base plate or basilar muscles.’
    • ‘Four adult patients, including ours, had clinical pneumonia with basilar infiltrates revealed by chest radiograph, rather titan the interstitial pattern seen in neonates.’
    • ‘A basilar and an apical chest tube are placed at the end of the procedure.’
    • ‘The most common joint injuries in the hand involve the proximal interphalangeal joint of the digits, MP joint of the thumb, and basilar joint of the thumb.’
    • ‘Treatment of basilar migraines should avoid vasoconstrictors, otherwise standard abortive and prophylactic migraine medications are appropriate.’
    • ‘A chest radiograph showed bilateral diffuse basilar infiltrates, otherwise unchanged from findings on previous radiographs.’
    • ‘The cysts are lined by a smooth, definable wall, with the majority found in basilar, subpleural locations.’
    • ‘It is not indicated for the prophylactic therapy of migraine or in the treatment of hemiplegic or basilar migraines.’
    • ‘Physical exam is usually unremarkable with the exception of basilar rales in some patients.’
    • ‘Aneurysms located at the basilar apex carry a relatively high risk of rupture.’
    • ‘The basilar region is not actually small, but it is inferior in size to the sincipital.’


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