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Definition & Meaning: Brachi Word Root

Embrace the glorious mess that you are,” remarked Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love”. To embrace is to hold tightly in one’s arms. The word root “brachi” comes from Greek, meaning “arm” or more specifically, the upper arm from shoulder to the elbow. A Bracelet is a piece of jewellery that is worn around the wrist or arm. The swinging motion exhibited by monkeys from branch to branch is called Brachiation.

Word root tree diagram featuring Bracelet, Brachiate, and Brachialgia.

Words Based on the Brachi Word Root

Commonly Used Words Based on this Word Root

  • Brace: An orthopaedic appliance that holds or supports part of the body.
  • Bracelet: A piece of jewellery worn around the wrist or arm.
  • Brachialgia: Pain in the arms.
  • Brachiate: Move by using the arms to swing from branch to branch.

Archaic Words Based on this Word Root

  • Abrachia: Congenital disease of not having limbs.
  • Abrachiocephalus: A fetus exhibiting the absence of the head and arms.

Technical Words/Jargon Based on this Word Root

  • Brachiation: A mode of locomotion, characteristic of some arboreal animals, in which the animals swing from one handhold to the next.
  • Brachiform: Shaped or bent like an arm.
  • Brachiocephalic: A reference to arm and head.
  • Brachiocrural: A reference to arm and leg.
  • Brachiogram: A tracing of brachial (arm) artery pulse.
  • Brachioradialis: A muscle lying on the lateral side of the forearm.
  • Brachioplasty: A surgical procedure called Arm Lift to reshape and provide improved contour to the upper arms and connecting area of the chest wall.
  • Microbrachia: An abnormal smallness of the arms.
  • Monobrachia: A fetus with only one forelimb.
  • Tribrachial: A figure or utensil with three arms.

Related Word Roots

  • Carp-: Meaning “wrist”.
    • Carpal: Relating to the bones forming the human wrist.
    • Carpus: The group of small bones between the main part of the forelimb and the metacarpus in terrestrial vertebrates.
  • Digit-: Meaning “finger or toe”.
    • Digital: Relating to or resembling a finger or fingers.
    • Digitate: Having divisions arranged like those of a bird’s foot or resembling a hand.
  • Manu-: Meaning “hand”.
      • Manual: Relating to or done with the hands.
      • Manuscript: A book, document, or piece of music written by hand rather than typed or printed.

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