Definition of Hyoid

1. Noun. A U-shaped bone at the base of the tongue that supports the tongue muscles.

Exact synonyms: Hyoid Bone, Os Hyoideum
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the hyoid bone.
Partainyms: Hyoid Bone

Definition of Hyoid

1. a. Having the form of an arch, or of the Greek letter upsilon [Υ].

2. n. The hyoid bone.

Definition of Hyoid

1. Adjective. Shaped like a U, or like the letter upsilon; specifically, designating a bone or group of bones supporting the tongue. ¹

2. Noun. The hyoid bone. ¹

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Definition of Hyoid

1. a bone of the tongue [n -S] : HYOIDAL, HYOIDEAN [adj]

Medical Definition of Hyoid

1. 1. Having the form of an arch, or of the Greek letter upsilon. 2. Of or pertaining to the bony or cartilaginous arch which supports the tongue. Sometimes applied to the tongue itself. 3. Hyoid arch, the bone in the base of the tongue, the middle part of the hyoid arch. Origin: Gr. Fr. The letter + form: cf. F. Hyoide. (05 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hyoid

hyobranchial cleft
hyoepiglottic ligament
hyoglossal membrane
hyoglossal muscle
hyoglossus muscle
hyoid (current term)
hyoid apparatus
hyoid arch
hyoid bone
hyoid bones
hyomandibular cleft

Literary usage of Hyoid

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"By its deep surface, the anterior belly lies on the Mylo- hyoid ; the posterior belly on ... The Stylo-hyoid is a small, slender muscle, lying in front of, ..."

2. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"A deficiency at the fort- part of the muscle is of common occurrence, the origin not reaching farther forwards than the canine tooth. The genio-hyoid is a ..."

3. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"The medial surface is in relation with the mylo-hyoid and hyoglossus, ... It overlaps the stylo-hyoid muscle, both bellies of the digastric, and the greater ..."

4. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences by California Academy of Sciences (1919)
"The genio-hyoid is a thin strip of muscle tissue extending from its origin, just lateral to the symphysis, to its insertion on the posterior horn of the ..."

5. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1895)
"FRACTURES either of the laryngeal cartilages or of the hyoid hone, being rare and dangerous injuries. I have thought it well worth while to present a recent ..."

6. An Elementary Treatise on Human Anatomy by Joseph Leidy (1889)
"This usually passes through a perforation of the stylo-hyoid muscle, and in advance is connected with the side of the hyoid bone by an aponeurotic band, ..."

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