Medical Definition of Basilar

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Basilar: Located at or near the base of a structure, especially the base of the skull.

For example, a basilar fracture is a break in the bone at the base of the skull and can be life-threatening.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018