- either of a pair of thick compound bones forming the part of the skull that encases the inner ear.
Origin of temporal bone
First recorded in 1765–75
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- either of two compound bones forming part of the sides and base of the skull: they surround the organs of hearing
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- Either of a pair of compound bones forming the sides and base of the skull.
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