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[mey-ler] /ˈmeɪ lər/ Anatomy
of or relating to the cheek or zygomatic bone.
Also, malar bone. zygomatic bone.
Origin of malar
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


[mey-ler, -lahr] /ˈmeɪ lər, -lɑr/
Lake, a lake in S Sweden, extending W from Stockholm. 440 sq. mi. (1140 sq. km).
Swedish Mälaren
[me-lah-ruh n] /ˈmɛ lɑ rən/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for malar
Historical Examples
  • In the ox and the sheep, it articulates with a process of the malar bone.

  • And in the malar Lake the bays correspond 50 to the capes in Seeland.

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

  • Be this as it may, the breadth in the malar portion of the face is a remarkable feature in the Kaffre physiognomy.

  • 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
  • The malar always extends back to form part of the glenoid cavity.

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

British Dictionary definitions for malar


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
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malar in Medicine

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

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