from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A conical protuberance of the posterior portion of the temporal bone that is situated behind the ear in humans and many other vertebrates and serves as a site of muscle attachment.
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- noun The conical, nipple-like projection of the
petrouspart of the temporal bone, that is situated behind the ear in humansand many other vertebrates, and serves as a site of muscleattachment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull
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