tem·​po·​ro·​man·​dib·​u·​lar ˈtem-pə-rō-man-ˈdi-byə-lər How to pronounce temporomandibular (audio)
: 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 At least 23 patients, some of whom described being desperate for relief from sleep apnea or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), have sued Galella in recent years claiming that the AGGA damaged their mouths and, in some cases, caused tooth loss. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 7 Jan. 2024 For the treatment of severe TMJ disorder, implants can be surgically placed in the jaw to replace either part or all of the temporomandibular joint. Adrienne Dellwo, Verywell Health, 15 July 2022 There is a wide range of treatments available for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, from nonsurgical methods like corrective dental appliances and physical therapy to surgery for the most severe cases. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 26 July 2022 For people who've been diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), masseter Botox is commonly recommended by a dentist or orthodontist as a way to relieve tension and alleviate symptoms of chronic teeth grinding, jaw clenching, even migraine headaches. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 28 Feb. 2022 According to the Mayo Clinic, TMJ disorders cause pain and discomfort in the temporomandibular joint—the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull—and the muscles that control your jaw. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 25 Aug. 2022 Yet there’s one trigger that is often overlooked: temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which is also known as TMD (but more colloquially referred to as TMJ). Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 25 Aug. 2022 One common cause of ear pressure is temporomandibular joint dysfunction, which causes pain and inflammation in the joints connecting your jawbone and your skull. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 26 July 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of temporomandibular was in 1889

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“Temporomandibular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporomandibular. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


tem·​po·​ro·​man·​dib·​u·​lar ˈtem-pə-rō-man-ˈdib-yə-lər How to pronounce temporomandibular (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the temporomandibular joint
temporomandibular pain and dysfunctionGeorge Dimitroulis
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