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: oriented with respect to the pterygoids
specifically : being or relating to a part or a process of the pterygoid bone of a bird, to a distinct pterygoid element of a bony fish articulating in front with the palatine, behind with the metapterygoid, and laterally with the pterygoid, or to the space in a mammal between the pterygoids of opposite sides


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: a mesopterygoid part (as a bone)

Word History



mes- + pterygoid, adjective


mes- + pterygoid, noun

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“Mesopterygoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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