premaxilla

noun pre·max·il·la \ ˌprē-mak-ˈsi-lə \

Definition of premaxilla

:either of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of vertebrates between and in front of the maxillae

premaxillary

play \(ˌ)prē-ˈmak-sə-ˌler-ē, chiefly British ˌprē-mak-ˈsi-lə-rē\ adjective or noun

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New Latin


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premaxilla

noun pre·max·il·la \ ˌprē-mak-ˈsil-ə \

medical Definition of premaxilla

plural premaxillae play \\
:either member of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of vertebrates situated between and in front of the maxillae that in humans form the median anterior part of the superior maxillary bones but in most other mammals are distinct and bear the incisor teeth and in birds coalesce to form the principal part of the upper mandible called also incisive bone

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