sesamoid

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noun ses·a·moid \ˈse-sə-ˌmȯid\

Definition of sesamoid

  1. :  a nodular mass of bone (such as the patella) or cartilage in a tendon especially at a joint or bony prominence

sesamoid

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Origin and Etymology of sesamoid

Greek sēsamoeidēs, literally, resembling sesame seed, from sēsamon


First Known Use: circa 1696


Medical Dictionary

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sesamoid

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adjective ses·a·moid \ˈses-ə-ˌmȯid\

Medical Definition of sesamoid

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a nodular mass of bone or cartilage in a tendon especially at a joint or bony prominence the patella is the largest sesamoid bone in the human body


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sesamoid

noun ses·a·moid

Medical Definition of sesamoid

  1. :  a sesamoid bone or cartilage

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