mandible

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noun man·di·ble \ˈman-də-bəl\

Definition of mandible

  1. 1a :  jaw 1a; especially :  a lower jaw consisting of a single bone or of completely fused bonesb :  the lower jaw with its investing soft partsc :  either the upper or lower segment of the bill of a bird

  2. 2 :  any of various invertebrate mouthparts serving to hold or bite food materials; especially :  either member of the anterior pair of mouth appendages of an arthropod often forming strong biting jaws

mandibular

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mandibulate

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Origin and Etymology of mandible

Middle English, from Late Latin mandibula, from Latin mandere to chew; probably akin to Greek masasthai to chew


MANDIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

mandible

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Definition of mandible for English Language Learners

  • : either the upper or lower part of a bird's beak

  • : a part of an insect's mouth that looks like a jaw and is often used for biting things


MANDIBLE Defined for Kids

mandible

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noun man·di·ble \ˈman-də-bəl\

Definition of mandible for Students

  1. 1 :  a lower jaw often with its soft parts

  2. 2 :  either the upper or lower part of the bill of a bird

  3. 3 :  either of a pair of mouth parts of some invertebrates (as an insect) that are usually used for biting


Medical Dictionary

mandible

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noun man·di·ble \ˈman-də-bəl\

Medical Definition of mandible

  1. 1a:  jaw 1; especially :  jaw 1bb:  the lower jaw with its investing soft parts

  2. 2:  any of various invertebrate mouthparts serving to hold or bite food materials; especially :  either member of the anterior pair of mouth appendages of an arthropod often forming strong biting jaws

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