preorbital

1 of 2

adjective

pre·​orbital
1
: situated in front of the orbit
the preorbital membrane bone of bony fishes
2
: occurring before going into or being in orbit

preorbital

2 of 2

noun

"
: a preorbital part
especially : a large membrane bone that is situated just in front of the orbit in many teleost fishes

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

pre- + orbit + -al

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“Preorbital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preorbital. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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