hyoid bone

noun
variants: or less commonly hyoid
plural hyoid bones also hyoids

Definition of hyoid bone

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Baden cited a broken bone in Epstein's neck as potential proof of strangulation, but Sampson said fractures of the hyoid bone — which is a neck bone — happen in both suicides and homicides. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Claim that Jeffrey Epstein is hiding at a ranch near Santa Fe is false," 23 Oct. 2020 The tongue is connected to the flexible hyoid bone that wraps around the skull, allowing the tongue to extend far out of the beak while also acting as a safety harness for the brain during pecking. National Geographic, "How wildfires have helped these woodpeckers make a comeback," 17 Sep. 2020 At the time of his death Baden said the 66-year-old had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple. Fox News, "Dr. Michael Baden on Jeffrey Epstein's death: Many questions still unanswered after one year," 10 Aug. 2020 The extra-large hyoid bones in their vocal tract house massive air sacs that amplify their bombastic voice to superlative heights; they are often regarded as the loudest of any land animal. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Ranked: the loudest sounds ever measured," 3 Feb. 2020 Among the bones broken in Epstein's neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam's apple. Aaron C. Davis, chicagotribune.com, "Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, sources say," 15 Aug. 2019 For decades, neuroscientists thought nonhuman primates couldn’t speak because their hyoid bone—found near the larynx—is situated differently than ours. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "If monkeys could speak, they’d probably be trolls," 2 Feb. 2020 Among the bones broken in Epstein's neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam's apple. Aaron C. Davis, chicagotribune.com, "Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, sources say," 15 Aug. 2019 Other experts have said injuries to the hyoid bone do happen in suicidal hangings, and while not common are more likely to happen in hangings involving older people. Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, "Prominent pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s family says financier’s death in prison looks more like homicide than suicide," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hyoid bone

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

: 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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