American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a jaw or jawbone, especially the upper one.
- n. A maxillary bone; a jawbone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining in any way to a jaw or jaw-bone; specifically, of or pertaining to the maxilla alone, in any of the special senses of that word: as, the maxillary bones of a vertebrate; the maxillary palps of an insect.
- n. A jawbone; a maxillary bone, or maxilla. In vertebrates at least three maxillaries are commonly distinguished by qualifying terms. These are: the superior maxillary, or supramaxillary; the premaxillary, or intermaxillary; and the inferior maxillary, or inframaxillary. The last of these is the lower jaw-bone; the other two belong to the upper jaw. All these are paired; but each may fuse with its fellow, and the two maxillaries of each half of the upper jaw often coalesce. When used absolutely, the term means the supramaxillary.
- n. The posterior of the two bones which border the upper jaw in osseous fishes. It usually bears teeth in the soft-rayed fishes, but in the spiny-rayed fishes the teeth are confined to the prem axillary.
- adj. of or relating to the upper jaw
- n. the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium
- Latin maxillaris, from maxilla jawbone, jaw. (Wiktionary)
“Those composing the face are, the two _nasal_, two _superior maxillary, _ two _lachrymal_, two _malar_ two _palate_, two _inferior turbinated, vomer_, and _inferior maxillary_.”
“The first of these gill-arches, and the most important for our purpose, which we may call the maxillary (jaw) arch, forms the skeleton of the jaws.”
“Martin said he and Burnham began to look through published descriptions of the animal and noticed noticed unique grooves in a bone in the upper-jaw called the maxillary, a bone often found in venomous animals.”
“The four remaining branches arise from that portion of the internal maxillary which is contained in the pterygopalatine fossa.”
“I saw the nice stomalogist/maxillary surgeon this afternoon at the curiously named Hôpital Deux Alices in Uccle, and she anaesthetised my jaw thoroughly and whipped out the errant fragments.”
“First tooth arrives - a maxillary lateral incisor - though status-conscious parents describe it to relatives as a bicuspid.”
“This," he explained, "will distalize the maxillary arch in the right buccal segment and correct the Class 2 malocclusion.”
“There is a surgical procedure, preferably performed under anaesthetic, for those who suffer from recurrent bouts of sinusitis in which the maxillary sinus is pierced via the nasal cavity, flushed out with saline and hey presto you wake up being able to breath again.”
“One use for the large maxillary "knobs" on some large pterosaur skulls could be to push rotten flesh out of the way as the pterosaur poked its snout deeper to eat nutritious organs like the liver.”
“There is a chapter or two of talk among the girls in the dissecting-room and the chemical laboratory, with much about the "spheno-maxillary fossa," the "dorsalis pedis," and the general whereabouts of "Scarpa's triangle.”
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