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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
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Examples from the Web for cheekbone
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  • You will feel the edge of the brow, of the cheekbone, and where the light falls on the temple and on the side of the nose.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • It broke the skin on his cheekbone and forehead and blood ran from the cuts.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • He said to Sherman, "I am short part of an ear and cheekbone, but am able to whip all hell yet!"

    Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman. W. Fletcher Johnson
  • Very lightly his fingers traveled from her cheekbone to her jaw.

  • His “friend,” when Tony was lying asleep in the hospital, had taken a razor and slit his mouth back to the cheekbone.

    Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
  • It looped in mid-air and slashed the man's face from chin to cheekbone.

    The Ties That Bind Walter Miller
  • I can recall that he had a bruise over an eye or on a cheekbone, or someplace on his face, in looking back.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • As he turned I saw a star-shaped blue scar above his cheekbone.

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

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • Put a piece of that sticking plaster on that cut across your cheekbone.

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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