Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin flat bone forming the inferior and posterior part of the nasal septum and dividing the nostrils in most vertebrates.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of carangoid fishes found in warm seas.
  • noun In zoology and anatomy, a bone of the skull of most vertebrates; a membrane-bone or splint-bone developed in the median line of the skull, beneath the basicranial axis, primitively consisting of paired halves, which sometimes remain separate, one on each side of the middle line.
  • noun In ornithology, the pygostyle or rump-post; the large, peculiarly shaped terminal bone of the tail of most birds, consisting of several ankylosed vertebræ. See cut under pygostyle.

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

  • noun A bone, or one of a pair of bones, beneath the ethmoid region of the skull, forming a part a part of the partition between the nostrils in man and other mammals.
  • noun The pygostyle.

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

  • noun anatomy The vomer bone; the small thin bone that forms part of the septum between the nostrils.

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

  • noun thin trapezoidal bone of the skull forming the posterior and inferior parts of the nasal septum

Etymologies

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

[Latin vōmer, plowshare.]

Examples

  • Evoking the displeasure of getting a good sniff of fresh vomit, the “vomer” is actually a description of the part of the small bone in the nose where the sensory cells sit.

    INSIDE OF A DOG

  • Evoking the displeasure of getting a good sniff of fresh vomit, the “vomer” is actually a description of the part of the small bone in the nose where the sensory cells sit.

    INSIDE OF A DOG

  • We examined the shape of the arch above the vomer (when holding the skull upside down).

    grouse Diary Entry

  • This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine.

    Unusual Things to Teach Your Body | Impact Lab

  • Again, a line drawn through the axis of the face, between the bones called ethmoid and vomer — the “basifacial axis” (‘f e’.) forms an exceedingly obtuse angle, where, when produced, it cuts the ‘basicranial axis.’

    Essays

  • Also, the vomer itself tends to be boat-shaped in Salvelinus, but not in Oncorhynchus or Salmo.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • For example, vomerine teeth—that is, those on the vomer bone in the center of the roof of the mouth—occur in two well-developed rows along the length of the vomer in Oncorhynchus and Salmo, but only in a small patch at the front of the vomer in Salvelinus.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Also, Salvelinus species have teeth only on the anterior part of the vomer the narrow bone in the roof of the mouth, whereas Salmo and Oncorhynchus have teeth on both the head and shaft of the vomer.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Also, Salvelinus species have teeth only on the anterior part of the vomer the narrow bone in the roof of the mouth, whereas Salmo and Oncorhynchus have teeth on both the head and shaft of the vomer.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • For example, vomerine teeth—that is, those on the vomer bone in the center of the roof of the mouth—occur in two well-developed rows along the length of the vomer in Oncorhynchus and Salmo, but only in a small patch at the front of the vomer in Salvelinus.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

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