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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or located in the area of the zygoma: a zygomatic muscle.

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  • adj. Pertaining to the zygoma.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the zygoma.

from The 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.

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  • 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


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From French zygomatique, from Ancient Greek ζυγωματικός (zugōmatikos), from ζύγωμα (zugōma, "zygoma").


  • 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.

    Health-Care Exchanges and Reality

  • 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?

    Roger I. Abrams: CSI - Clemens

  • 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.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Response to Bill: I think you're referring to the slightly reflective area formed by the zygomatic area and nose.

    Frame 352, and all that

  • 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.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • They go across your zygomatic processes -- er, cheek bones.

    The pink fluffy? Some Hello Kitty, some pre-grand Mal, another day.

  • 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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  • "But zygomatic muscles are sufficiently stretched, and gullets sufficiently sonorous, for us to be able to state that sympathy and cordiality reign."

    Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright, p 187 of the NYRB paperback

    November 7, 2010

  • From the novel, Exiles, by Ron Hansen, 2008, a fictional account of the life of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins:

    "Washing with Castile soap and icy water, he worried over his scrawniness, his spindle shins, the green yarns of vein in his forearms, his face so thin that his zygomatic bones and jaw shaped harps underneath his ginger-brown, one-inch beard and mustache." p 3

    July 5, 2009