Definition of Maxilla

1. Noun. The jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium.

Exact synonyms: Maxillary, Upper Jaw, Upper Jawbone
Terms within: Hard Palate, Intermaxillary Suture, Sutura Intermaxillaris
Generic synonyms: Jaw
Derivative terms: Maxillary

Definition of Maxilla

1. n. The bone of either the upper or the under jaw.

Definition of Maxilla

1. Noun. Either of the two bones that together form the upper jaw. ¹

2. Noun. Arachnid mouthpart ¹

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Definition of Maxilla

1. the upper jaw or jawbone [n -LAE or -LAS]

Medical Definition of Maxilla

1. The upper jaw bone, takes part in the formation of the orbit, hard palate and nasal cavity. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Maxilla

maxed out
maxes out
maxilla (current term)
maxillary angle
maxillary antrum
maxillary artery
maxillary dentition
maxillary eminence
maxillary fractures
maxillary gland
maxillary hiatus
maxillary neoplasms

Literary usage of Maxilla

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1. The Cat: An Introduction to the Study of Backboned Animals, Especially Mammals by St. George Jackson Mivart (1900)
"The superior, external part of the maxilla sends a process outwards (beneath the ... On the outer surface of the maxilla, in front of the malar process, ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"The maxilla is ossified in membrane. Mall1 and Fawcett* maintain that it is ossified from two centres only, one for the maxilla proper and one for the ..."

3. The Treatment of fractures: With Notes Upon a Few Common Dislocations by Charles Locke Scudder (1911)
"FRACTURE OF THE SUPERIOR maxilla The prominent malar bone of the cheek receives the direct blow and transmits the force to the delicate maxilla, ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1887)
"But while the second maxilla; of the Term! lid re and Perlidae are well ... Ip, palpus ; mx, maxilla.— After Burgess. In the general form of the body, ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"A jawbone; a maxillary bone, or maxilla. In vertebrates at least three A_ ... Having the form or morphological character of a maxilla : as, ..."

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