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[cheek-bohn] /ˈtʃikˌboʊn/
the zygomatic bone.
the part of that bone below the eye forming the prominence of the cheek.
the area of the cheek overlying this bone.
Origin of cheekbone
before 1000; Middle English chekbon, Old English ceacban. See cheek, bone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cheekbone
Historical Examples
  • It broke the skin on his cheekbone and forehead and blood ran from the cuts.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Very lightly his fingers traveled from her cheekbone to her jaw.

  • It looped in mid-air and slashed the man's face from chin to cheekbone.

    The Ties That Bind Walter Miller
  • As he turned I saw a star-shaped blue scar above his cheekbone.

    Gold Stewart White
  • Put a piece of that sticking plaster on that cut across your cheekbone.

  • His whiskers were an untamed sorrel bristling and across his cheekbone was the ugly scar of a half healed wound.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • One eye was closed, and began to be discoloured, taking on above the cheekbone the shot green and purple of a half-ripe plum.

  • I jerked my head aside far enough that the scalpel grated along my cheekbone instead of slashing my mouth.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • This time the ball fell on his cheekbone and raised a lump as round and as hard as a marble.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • Dominique bore an ugly cut, half-healed yet, reaching from his right eyebrow across the cheekbone—the gash of an Indian knife.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for cheekbone


the nontechnical name for zygomatic bone related adjective malar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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cheekbone in Medicine

cheekbone cheek·bone (chēk'bōn')
See zygomatic bone.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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