hy·​oid | \ ˈhī-ˌȯid How to pronounce hyoid (audio) \

Definition of hyoid

: of or relating to the hyoid bone

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What could explain the resemblance between hyoid structures in birds and pterosaurs? Mindy Weisberger, Scientific American, "T. Rex Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue," 24 June 2018 Modern bird tongues range from spiky, to forked, to tube-like, with hyoid structures that may wrap around the back of the skull or extend to the tip of the tongue. National Geographic, "Why T. Rex Couldn't Waggle Its Tongue," 20 June 2018 Underlying that seemingly simple action is a rich synchrony of lips, tongue and the hyoid bone beneath them. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Hints of Human Language Heard in Lip-Smacking Monkey Talk," 8 Apr. 2013

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First Known Use of hyoid

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyoid

New Latin hyoides hyoid bone

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hy·​oid | \ ˈhī-ˌȯid How to pronounce hyoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyoid

1 : of or relating to the hyoid bone
2 : of, relating to, or being the second postoral branchial arch from which the hyoid bone of the higher vertebrates is in part formed

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