Definition 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.’



/ˈbasələr/ /ˈbæsələr/


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