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

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The first known use of pterygoid was in 1694

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“Pterygoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pterygoid. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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)

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