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- n. Either of two small bones that form the body of the inverted hyoid arch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Noting two small bones, forming the body of the inverted hyoid arch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In vertebrate anat., the distal bony element of the second post-oral visceral arch, or hyoidean apparatus, represented in human anatomy by the so-called body of the hyoid bone, bearing two pairs of horns or cornua; in general, the basis or body proper of the hyoid arch; the basihyoid. See cut under skull.
- n. In ichthyology, the segment of the branchiostegal arch next to the basibranchial and urohyal. It is generally double, or composed of two pieces on each side.
- Relating to the basis or body of the hyoid bone or hyoid arch.
basi- + Ancient Greek the letter upsilon, from the shape. (Wiktionary)