maxilla

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

max·il·la

noun \mak-ˈsi-lə\
plural max·il·lae \-ˈsi-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or maxillas

Definition of MAXILLA

1
a :  jaw 1a
b (1) :  an upper jaw especially of humans and other mammals in which the bony elements are closely fused
(2) :  either of the two bones that lie with one on each side of the upper jaw lateral to the premaxilla and that in higher vertebrates bear most of the teeth
2
:  one of the first or second pair of mouthparts posterior to the mandibles in many arthropods (as insects or crustaceans)
max·il·lary \ˈmak-sə-ˌler-ē, chiefly British mak-ˈsi-lə-rē\ adjective or noun

Origin of MAXILLA

Latin, diminutive of mala jaw
First Known Use: 1676

max·il·la

noun \mak-ˈsil-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural max·il·lae \-ˈsil-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\ or maxillas

Medical Definition of MAXILLA

1
: jaw 1a
2
a : an upper jaw especially of humans or other mammals in which the bony elements are closely fused b : either of two membrane bone elements of the upper jaw that lie lateral to the premaxillae and that in higher vertebrates including humans bear most of the teeth
3
: one of the first or second pair of mouthparts posterior to the mandibles in insects, myriopods, crustaceans and closely related arthropods

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