pterygoid

adjective
pter·​y·​goid | \ ˈter-ə-ˌgȯid How to pronounce pterygoid (audio) \

Definition of pterygoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or lying in the region of the inferior part of the sphenoid bone of the vertebrate skull

pterygoid

noun

Definition of pterygoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pterygoid part (such as a bone, muscle, or nerve)

First Known Use of pterygoid

Adjective

1694, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pterygoid

Adjective

New Latin pterygoides, from Greek pterygoeidēs, literally, shaped like a wing, from pteryg-, pteryx wing; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather

Learn More About pterygoid

Time Traveler for pterygoid

Time Traveler

The first known use of pterygoid was in 1694

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near pterygoid

Pterygogenea

pterygoid

pterygoid artery

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for pterygoid

Cite this Entry

“Pterygoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pterygoid. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for pterygoid

pterygoid

adjective
pter·​y·​goid | \ ˈter-ə-ˌgȯid How to pronounce pterygoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of pterygoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, being, or lying in the region of the inferior part of the sphenoid bone

pterygoid

noun

Medical Definition of pterygoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pterygoid part (as a pterygoid muscle or nerve)

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!