from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a mandible.
  • In mammalogy, the more or less upright proximal part of either half of the mandible, as distinguished from the body or horizontal part of the same bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a mandible; like a mandible.
  • adjective (Anat.) the most anterior visceral arch, -- that in which the mandible is developed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the mandible

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

  • adjective relating to the lower jaw


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  • All these animals are united by subtle skull features, such as the absence of a hole in the lower jaw called the mandibular fenestra and the flat, wrinkle-cusped teeth set along the jaws.

    Wired Top Stories Brian Switek 2012

  • Afradapis, such as the loss of the second premolar and the fusion of the two halves of the lower jaw (called the mandibular symphysis), are not seen in closest relatives of the earliest anthropoids like the recently-discovered genus Biretia.

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  • It was a long face, sUn-cured and leathery, with a broken pug nose at center, a thin-lipped mouth, and an oversized jaw the kind of mandibular development you get from chewing tobacco or gritting your teeth.

    Blood Test Kellerman, Jonathan 1986

  • Traditional anti-snoring appliances such as mandibular advancement devices are custom made to fit the upper and lower teeth.

    PRWeb - Daily News Feed 2010

  • Traditional anti-snoring appliances such as mandibular advancement devices are custom made to fit the upper and lower teeth.

    PRWeb - Daily News Feed 2010

  • The extinct great ape Gigantopithecus blacki from the middle Pleistocene of China and Vietnam is known only from dental and mandibular remains, and its dietary specializations remain contentious.

    Archive 2009-02-01 2009

  • This study provides a survey of mandibular shape in a sample of extant hominoids (Pan, Gorilla, Pongo, and Hylobates), as well as extinct Asian and Eurasian taxa (Ouranopithecus, Sivapithecus, and Gigantopithecus) in order to compare overall shape similarity.

    Archive 2009-02-01 2009

  • However, G. blacki can be distinguished from the extant hominids by having relatively higher values for postcanine root length and surface area, both absolutely and relative to mandibular size (except for premolar root lengths of humans).

    Archive 2009-02-01 2009

  • It also endorses mandibular advancement devices that push the lower jaw forward, which can help some people.

    Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to... snoring 2011

  • One caste cuts foliage and leaves—their mandibular muscles make up one-quarter of their entire body mass—and some tropical ecologists estimate that the leaf-cutter colonies may harvest up to 17 percent of the total leaf production of a tropical rainforest where they thrive, in Mexico and Central and South America.

    SuperCooperators Martin A. Nowak 2011


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