temporal bone


Definition of temporal bone

: a compound bone of the side of the skull of some mammals including humans

Examples of temporal bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the vibrations passed through the wood, through his jaw, through his temporal bone, and into his cochlea, bypassing his eardrum and middle ear. David Owen, The New Yorker, "What New York City Misses by Not Doing Hearing Tests on Students," 3 Nov. 2019 Garrett, of Van Meter, Iowa, died July 6 of a rare cancer that attacked his temporal bone and cranial nerve. Fox News, "Obit, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets attention," 13 July 2018 The rare cancer attacked his temporal bone, cranial nerve and inner ear. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 Garrett suffered from stage 4 Alveolar Fusion Negative Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) which is a rare form of cancer that affected Garrett’s temporal bone, cranial nerve and inner ear, according to a GoFundMe created for him. PEOPLE.com, "5-Year-Old Boy Dying of Cancer Prepares His Own Amazing Obituary: 'See Ya Later, Suckas!'," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of temporal bone

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temporal bone was in 1771

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“Temporal bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporal%20bone. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of temporal bone

: a compound bone of the side of the skull that has four principal parts including the squamous, petrous, and tympanic portions and the mastoid process

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