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maxilla

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noun max·il·la \mak-ˈsil-ə\

Medical Definition of maxilla

plural maxillae \-ˈsil-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\play play or maxillas

  1. 1:  jaw 1a

  2. 2a:  an upper jaw especially of humans or other mammals in which the bony elements are closely fusedb:  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. 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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