hy·​oid ˈhī-ˌȯid How to pronounce hyoid (audio)
: of or relating to the hyoid bone

Examples of hyoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mammals can thank their hyoid bones for their suctioning abilities. Megan Schmidt, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2018 In a larger study of suicidal hangings of young-adults and middle-aged people in India, conducted from 2010 to 2013, hyoid damage was found in just 16 of 264 cases, or six percent. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2019

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Word History


New Latin hyoides hyoid bone

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyoid was in 1842

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“Hyoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyoid. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


hy·​oid ˈhī-ˌȯid How to pronounce hyoid (audio)
: of or relating to the hyoid bone
: 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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