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mandible

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noun man·di·ble \ˈman-də-bəl\

Simple Definition of mandible

  • : either the upper or lower part of a bird's beak

  • : a part of an insect's mouth that looks like a jaw and is often used for biting things

Full Definition of mandible

  1. 1 a :  jaw 1a; especially :  a lower jaw consisting of a single bone or of completely fused bones b :  the lower jaw with its investing soft parts c :  either the upper or lower segment of the bill of a bird

  2. 2 :  any of various invertebrate mouthparts serving to hold or bite food materials; especially :  either member of the anterior pair of mouth appendages of an arthropod often forming strong biting jaws

man·dib·u·lar play \man-ˈdi-byə-lər\ adjective
man·dib·u·late play \-lət\ adjective

Origin of mandible

Middle English, from Late Latin mandibula, from Latin mandere to chew; probably akin to Greek masasthai to chew


First Known Use: 15th century


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mandible

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noun man·di·ble \ˈman-də-bəl\

Medical Definition of mandible

  1. 1a:  jaw 1; especially :  jaw 1bb:  the lower jaw with its investing soft parts

  2. 2:  any of various invertebrate mouthparts serving to hold or bite food materials; especially :  either member of the anterior pair of mouth appendages of an arthropod often forming strong biting jaws



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