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[pree-mak-sil-uh] /ˌpri mækˈsɪl ə/
noun, plural premaxillae
[pree-mak-sil-ee] /ˌpri mækˈsɪl i/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology.
one of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of vertebrates, situated in front of and between the maxillary bones.
Origin of premaxilla
From the New Latin word praemaxilla, dating back to 1865-70. See pre-, maxilla
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[pree-mak-suh-ler-ee] /priˈmæk səˌlɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
either of two bones situated in the upper jaw between the maxillary bones
Derived Forms
premaxillary, adjective
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premaxilla in Medicine

premaxilla pre·max·il·la (prē'māk-sĭl'ə)
Either of two bones located in front of and between the maxillary bones in the upper jaw of vertebrates.

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