prognathous

adjective

prog·​na·​thous ˈpräg-nə-thəs How to pronounce prognathous (audio)
: being or having a jaw and typically a lower jaw that projects forward especially to an unusual degree
The umpire, a veteran of dim visage with a cigarette jutting out from his prognathous jaw, was diligent about sweeping the plate, but his strike zone tended to bounce.Richard Conniff
a prognathous fish

Examples of prognathous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The front of his face — his nose, maxilla, sinuses, jaw — projected forward like a canine skull — what an anthropologist would call prognathous. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 The whole universe is under attack from Thanos, an infinitely villainous villain sporting a multicleft, prognathous chin. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prognathous was in 1836

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“Prognathous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prognathous. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

prognathous

adjective
prog·​na·​thous ˈpräg-nə-thəs How to pronounce prognathous (audio)
: being or having a jaw and typically a lower jaw that projects forward especially to an unusual degree
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