Definition of acral in English:


Pronunciation /ˈakrəl/


  • Designating the extremities or peripheral parts of the body, especially the hands and feet (or forefeet and hind feet), tip of the nose, and ears; of, relating to, or affecting these parts.


Early 20th century. From ancient Greek ἄκρος highest, topmost + -al, after Hellenistic Greek ἀκράλεα extremities of the body (rare: see note), use as noun of neuter plural of an otherwise unattested adjective ἀκράλεος from ancient Greek ἄκρος + -αλεος, suffix forming adjectives (common in medical vocabulary).