from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling a style in shape; slender and pointed: the styloid muscles in carnivores.
  • adj. Anatomy Of, relating to, or designating any of several slender, pointed bone processes, especially the spine that projects from the base of the temporal bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the styloid process; a long and slender process from the lower side of the temporal bone of man, corresponding to the tympanohyal and stylohyal of other animals; styliform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Styliform.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the styloid process.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having some resemblance to a style or pen; like or likened to a style; styliform or stylate: an anatomical term applied to several processes of bone, generally slenderer than those called spines or spinous processes.


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  • The arms were different, appendages in which they could see the bulge of muscle, the ripple of tendons, the knot at the base of the wrist known as the styloid process of ulna.

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  • Eventually one may want to compare the qualities of the pulse in three positions so that immediately next to the index finger and over the styloid process is where the middle finger will naturally fall and next to it the ring finger.


  • The position of the middle finger over the styloid process indicates the condition of the middle of the body including the stomach, spleen, and liver.


  • Stryker saw styloid process of ulna suicide attempt with crossbow

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  • It is attached by its apex to a depression between the styloid process and the head of the ulna; and by its base, which is thin, to the prominent edge of the radius, which separates the ulnar notch from the carpal articular surface.

    III. Syndesmology. 6e. Radioulnar Articulation

  • The position of the wrist-joint can be indicated by drawing a curved line, with its convexity upward, between the styloid processes of the radius and ulna; the summit of the convexity is about 1 cm. above the center of a straight line joining the two processes.

    XII. Surface Anatomy and Surface Markings. 12. Surface Markings of the Upper Extremity

  • The posterior auricular artery (a. auricularis posterior) (Fig. 508) is small and arises from the external carotid, above the Digastricus and Stylohyoideus, opposite the apex of the styloid process.

    VI. The Arteries. 3a. 2. The External Carotid Artery

  • The position of the radial artery in the forearm is represented by a line from the lateral margin of the Biceps tendon in the center of the anticubital fossa to the medial side of the front of the styloid process of the radius when the limb is in the position of supination.

    XII. Surface Anatomy and Surface Markings. 12. Surface Markings of the Upper Extremity

  • It ascends, under cover of the parotid gland, on the styloid process of the temporal bone, to the groove between the cartilage of the ear and the mastoid process, immediately above which it divides into its auricular and occipital branches.

    VI. The Arteries. 3a. 2. The External Carotid Artery

  • The dorsal aspect of its base presents on its radial side a pyramidal eminence, the styloid process, which extends upward behind the capitate; immediately distal to this is a rough surface for the attachment of the Extensor carpi radialis brevis.

    II. Osteology. 6b. 2. The Metacarpus


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  • "Wound was extensive, having nearly severed the left thumb; laceration extended from base of index finger to two inches above the styloid process of the radius...."

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 1376–77

    January 31, 2010