tem·​po·​ro·​man·​dib·​u·​lar | \ ˈtem-pə-rō-man-ˈdi-byə-lər How to pronounce temporomandibular (audio) \

Definition of temporomandibular

: of, relating to, being, or affecting the joint between the temporal bone and the mandible that allows for the movement of the mandible temporomandibular dysfunction

Examples of temporomandibular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, other evidence points a finger at chronic physical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or disorders of the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2022 Your temporomandibular joints sit directly in front of your ears on each side, just millimeters from your ears. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 26 July 2022 Last September, Kim's eldest daughter, Brielle, underwent double jaw surgery to correct her temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and an overbite. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 16 Feb. 2022 The grinding itself can be treated by wearing a night guard to protect one's teeth, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ; there is one on each side of the jaw), and further extending muscles of the jaw. Rachel King, Fortune, 18 Dec. 2021 Pain in the jaw joints (or temporomandibular joints) affects more than 10 million Americans, according to estimates from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Rosemary Donahue, Health.com, 7 Sep. 2021 These included teeth grinding, cracked and chipped teeth and symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, like jaw pain. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Faith eventually scheduled a temporomandibular joint arthroscopy, a surgery that relieves pain and restores the jaw's full range of motion. Bethany Ao Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 This includes grinding and clenching (technically called bruxing), chipped and cracked teeth, and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (i.e., dysfunction of the jaw muscles, joints, and nerves). Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, 26 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of temporomandibular

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for temporomandibular

tempor(al) entry 3 + -o- + mandibular

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tem·​po·​ro·​man·​dib·​u·​lar | \ ˈtem-pə-rō-man-ˈdib-yə-lər How to pronounce temporomandibular (audio) \

Medical Definition of temporomandibular

: of, relating to, or affecting the temporomandibular joint temporomandibular pain and dysfunction— George Dimitroulis


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