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  1. nuchalnoun

    The back of the neck

  2. nuchaladjective

    Of or pertaining to the back or nape of the neck.

    The patient showed no nuchal rigidity on examination.


  1. nuchal

    The nape is the back of the neck. In technical anatomical/medical terminology, the nape is also called the nucha (from the Medieval Latin rendering of the Arabic نُخَاع, "spinal marrow"). The corresponding adjective is nuchal, as in the term nuchal rigidity for neck stiffness. In many mammals the nape bears a loose, non-sensitive area of skin, known as the scruff, by which a mother carries her young by her teeth, temporarily immobilizing it during transport. In the mating of cats the male will grip the female's scruff with his teeth to help immobilize her during the act, a form of pinch-induced behavioral inhibition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nuchaladjective

    of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the back, or nape, of the neck; -- applied especially to the anterior median plate in the carapace of turtles

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. nucal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nuchal

    nū′kal, adj. pertaining to the Nū′cha or nape.

Anagrams for nuchal »

  1. launch

  2. chulan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nuchal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nuchal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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