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

  • n. The zygomatic bone.
  • n. The zygomatic arch.
  • n. The zygomatic process.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The cheekbone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The jugal, malar, or cheek bone.
  • n. The zygomatic process of the temporal bone.
  • n. The whole zygomatic arch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bony arch or arcade of the cheek, formed by the malar or jugal bone and its connections: socalled because it serves to connect bones of the face with those of the skull about the ear.
  • n. The malar or jugal bone itself, without its connections.
  • n. The cavity under the zygomatic process of the temporal bone; the zygomatic fossa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the slender arch formed by the temporal process of the cheekbone that bridges to the zygomatic process of the temporal bone


New Latin zygōma, zygōmat-, from Greek zugōma, bolt, from zugoun, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ζύγωμα (zugōma), from ζυγόν (zugon, "yoke") (Wiktionary)


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