American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or located in the area of the zygoma: a zygomatic muscle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoology and anatomy, of or pertaining to the malar or jugal bone, or this bone and its connections; constituting or entering into the formation of the zygoma; jugal.
- the zygomaticofacial, or malar, running between the orbital aud anterior surfaces;
- the zygomaticotemporal, or temporal, running between the orbital and temporal surfaces.
- adj. Pertaining to the zygoma.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the zygoma.
- adj. of or relating to the cheek region of the face
- n. the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek
- From French zygomatique, from Ancient Greek ζυγωματικός (zugōmatikos), from ζύγωμα (zugōma, "zygoma"). (Wiktionary)
“Instead, they will be compelled to offer the benefits prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, which are guaranteed to be both one-size-fits-all and anything but "basic" after the government accommodates all the pleadings of special interests from acupuncture to zygomatic arch reconstruction.”
“Imagine having to have nine surgeries, including seven shoulder operations (complete tears of rotator cuffs, labrum tears), lower-back surgery for a slipped disk, fracture of zygomatic bone (under eye), a broken nose, three broken fingers, radial-nerve damage to the right forearm, a broken right toe, and a slipped disk in the neck.”
“Can I check his zygomatic, ethmoidal, and nasal bones?”
“Those depressed areas on the frontals and zygomatic processes have apparently evolved to allow particularly large temporalis and masseter muscles, the muscles involved in closing the jaw.”
“Response to Bill: I think you're referring to the slightly reflective area formed by the zygomatic area and nose.”
“The dorsal surfaces of the frontals (on the top of the skull) possess large depressions while the ventral surfaces of the zygomatic processes (the structures that project laterally from the cheek regions) are strongly concave, again unlike the condition in other mysticetes.”
“They go across your zygomatic processes -- er, cheek bones.”
“The orbits vary in width and height, the cranial ridge is either single or double, either much or little developed, and the zygomatic aperture varies considerably in size.”
“The external surface of the skull varies considerably in size, as do also the zygomatic aperture and the temporal muscle; but they bear no necessary relation to each other, a small muscle often existing with a large cranial surface, and ‘vice versa’.”
“Now, those skulls which have the largest and strongest jaws and the widest zygomatic aperture, have the muscles so large that they meet on the crown of the skull, and deposit the bony ridge which supports them, and which is the highest in that which has the smallest cranial surface.”
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