- shaped like a sesame seed, as certain small nodular bones and cartilages.
Origin of sesamoid
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The pisiform is large and several other sesamoid bones occur.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
On the posterior surface of this extremity is found a sesamoid bone.
The patella, according to Strangeways, may be considered a sesamoid bone.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
At the level of each metacarpo-phalangeal articulation are two sesamoid bones.
If the puncture involves the sesamoid sheath, the synovial fluid escapes.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
- of or relating to various small bones formed in tendons, such as the patella
- of or relating to any of various small cartilages, esp those of the nose
C17: from Latin sēsamoīdēs like sesame (seed), from Greek
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- Resembling a sesame seed in size or shape.
- Of or relating to a sesamoid bone.
- A sesamoid bone or cartilage.
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