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Definition of "maxillary" [maxillary]

  • Of or relating to a jaw or jawbone, especially the upper one. (adjective)
  • A maxillary bone; a jawbone. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "maxillary" in a sentence
  • "Those composing the face are, the two _nasal_, two _superior maxillary, _ two _lachrymal_, two _malar_ two _palate_, two _inferior turbinated, vomer_, and _inferior maxillary_."
  • "The first of these gill-arches, and the most important for our purpose, which we may call the maxillary (jaw) arch, forms the skeleton of the jaws."
  • "Martin said he and Burnham began to look through published descriptions of the animal and noticed noticed unique grooves in a bone in the upper-jaw called the maxillary, a bone often found in venomous animals."