extremity

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Arms (top) and feet are types of extremities (sense 3)

From Middle English extremite, from Old French extremité, from Latin extrēmitās (extremity; border, perimeter; ending), from extremīs (furthest, extreme); see extreme.

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extremity (plural extremities)

  1. The most extreme or furthest point of something. [from c. 1400]
  2. An extreme measure.
  3. A hand or foot. [from early 15th c.]
    Guillain–Barré syndrome causes one to not be able to move one’s extremities.
  4. A limb (major appendage of a human or animal such as an arm, leg, or wing). [from early 15th c.]

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