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1pterygoid

adjective pter·y·goid \ˈter-ə-ˌgid\

Definition of PTERYGOID

:  of, relating to, or lying in the region of the inferior part of the sphenoid bone of the vertebrate skull

Origin of PTERYGOID

New Latin pterygoides, from Greek pterygoeidēs, literally, shaped like a wing, from pteryg-, pteryx wing; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather
First Known Use: 1722

2pterygoid

noun

Definition of PTERYGOID

:  a pterygoid part (as a bone, muscle, or nerve)

First Known Use of PTERYGOID

1831

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