vomer

noun

vo·​mer ˈvō-mər How to pronounce vomer (audio)
: a bone of the skull of most vertebrates that is situated below the ethmoid region and in the human skull forms part of the nasal septum
vomerine adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, plowshare

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vomer was circa 1704

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“Vomer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vomer. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

vomer

noun
vo·​mer ˈvō-mər How to pronounce vomer (audio)
: a bone of the skull of most vertebrates that is situated below the ethmoid region, that develops from lateral halves which remain separate in some animals, and that in humans forms the posterior and inferior part of the nasal septum comprising a vertical plate pointed in front and expanding at the upper back part into lateral wings

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