post·​or·​bit·​al ˌpōst-ˈȯr-bə-tᵊl How to pronounce postorbital (audio)
: situated behind the eye socket

Examples of postorbital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is how much Sotheby's expects a pair of dinosaur fossils to auction for The other difference lies in the prominent ridge, postorbital bone, the bone around the eye, which could have something to do with how the species attracted mates, Fiorello said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postorbital was circa 1836

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“Postorbital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


post·​or·​bit·​al -ˈȯr-bət-ᵊl How to pronounce postorbital (audio)
: situated or occurring behind the orbit of the eye
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