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auxiliary (adj) (of workers in an organization) helping or supporting (the main staff); (of machinery and equipment) for use if there is a break down of the main equipment.

The workers appointed to be of support and assistance to the main body of workers in an organization are auxiliary. Service provided in addition to the regular services is also auxiliary. Auxiliary nurses and health workers are quite common in hospitals and nursing homes and during war time. A piece of equipment, kept as a stand by, for use if the machinery in regular operation breaks down, is auxiliary equipment. A generator kept ready for use in case of an emergency following a power breakdown is auxiliary.

  • The auxiliary health services offered by the hospital have wide reach and because of it the hospital is justly famous for its parent care services.
  • In case of an emergency following a power breakdown, the factory uses its auxiliary power generation equipment, and an auxiliary pump to have uninterrupted supply of power and water.
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