hyoid bone

noun

Definition of hyoid bone

  1. :  a U-shaped bone or complex of bones that is situated between the base of the tongue and the larynx and that supports the tongue, the larynx, and their muscles —called also hyoid

Origin and Etymology of hyoid bone

New Latin hyoides, from Greek hyoeidēs shaped like the letter upsilon (Υ, υ), being the hyoid bone, from y, hy upsilon


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hyoid bone

noun

Medical Definition of hyoid bone

  1. :  a U-shaped bone or complex of bones that is situated between the base of the tongue and the larynx and that supports the tongue, the larynx, and their muscles—called also hyoid, lingual bone


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