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zygomatic bone

noun, Anatomy.
a bone on each side of the face below the eye, forming the prominence of the cheek; cheekbone.
Also called malar, malar bone.
Origin of zygomatic bone
First recorded in 1700-10


[mey-ler] /ˈmeɪ lər/ Anatomy
of or relating to the cheek or zygomatic bone.
Also, malar bone. zygomatic bone.
1775-85; < New Latin mālāris of, pertaining to the cheek, equivalent to Latin māl(a) cheek, jaw (see maxilla) + -āris -ar1
Related forms
intermalar, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for malar bone
Historical Examples
  • In the ox and the sheep, it articulates with a process of the malar bone.

  • The malar bone, and the os unguis or lachrymal, are more or less developed according to the species considered.

  • Nor is the malar bone a guide, for this might easily be mistaken for the tuberosity of the ischium, or even for the shoulder.

    A System of Midwifery

    Edward Rigby
  • When a separate antorbital vacuity exists, it is bordered by the maxillary bone in front, and by the malar bone behind.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • The lower arch includes the malar bone, which is in front in the single arch of mammals.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • In Dimorphodon the malar bone is entirely removed from the quadrate, but in Pterodactylus it meets its articular end.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • As in that animal, the malar bone is bifid posteriorly, and between the bifurcation is embraced the process of the squamosal.

  • The malar bone is small, and, as in Rodents, forms the middle part of the zygoma.

  • The arch formed by the malar bone and the zygomatic process of the temporal bone.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
British Dictionary definitions for malar bone


of or relating to the cheek or cheekbone
Also called malar bone another name for zygomatic bone
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin mālāris, from Latin māla jaw

zygomatic bone

either of two bones, one on each side of the skull, that form part of the side wall of the eye socket and part of the zygomatic arch; cheekbone Also called malar, malar bone
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malar bone in Medicine

malar bone n.
See zygomatic bone.

malar ma·lar (mā'lər, -lär')
Of or relating to the cheekbone or the cheek. n.
The cheekbone.

zygomatic bone n.
A quadrilateral bone that forms the cheek prominence and articulates with the frontal, sphenoid, temporal, and maxillary bones. Also called cheekbone, jugal bone, malar bone, zygoma.

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