extraordinarymedical dictionary

1. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not usual, customary, regular, or ordinary; as, extraordinary evils; extraordinary remedies. "Which dispose To something extraordinary my thoughts." (Milton)

2. Exceeding the common degree, measure. Or condition; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, extraordinary talents or grandeur.

3. Employed or sent upon an unusual or special service; as, an ambassador extraordinary.

Origin: L. Extraordinarius; extra on the outside + ordinarius: cf. F. Extraordinaire. See Ordinary.

(01 Mar 1998)