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

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

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Especially remarkable is the animal’s premaxilla – the bone formed a kind of thick, bony wing which would have helped support a large mass of soft tissues in life. Brian Switek, WIRED, "From the depths of the North Sea, a new ‘spoon-nosed’ dolphin," 2 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of premaxilla

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premaxilla

New Latin

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premaxilla

noun
pre·​max·​il·​la | \ˌprē-mak-ˈsil-ə \
plural premaxillae\-​ē \

Medical Definition of premaxilla 

: 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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