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sphenoid

adjective sphe·noid \ ˈsfē-ˌnȯid \
variants: or sphenoidal play \sfi-ˈnȯi-dᵊl\

Definition of sphenoid

1 : of, relating to, or being a winged compound bone of the base of the cranium
2 usually sphenoidal : having a wedged shape

Origin and Etymology of sphenoid

New Latin sphenoides, from Greek sphēnoeidēs wedge-shaped, from sphēn wedge


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sphenoid

noun

Definition of sphenoid

: a sphenoid bone

First Known Use of sphenoid

1828


Medical Dictionary

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sphenoid

adjective sphe·noid \ ˈsfē-ˌnȯid \
variants: or sphenoidal play \sfē-ˈnȯid-ᵊl\

medical Definition of sphenoid

: of, relating to, or being a compound bone of the base of the cranium of various vertebrates formed by the fusion of several bony elements with the basisphenoid and in humans consisting of a median body from whose sides extend a pair of broad curved winglike expansions in front of which is another pair of much smaller triangular lateral processes while ventrally two large deeply cleft processes extend downward — see greater wing, lesser wing

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sphenoid

noun

medical Definition of sphenoid

: a sphenoid bone

Illustration of sphenoid


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