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[an-ti-truh-guh s]
noun, plural an·tit·ra·gi [an-ti-truh-jahy, -gahy] /ænˈtɪ trəˌdʒaɪ, -ˌgaɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. a process of the external ear.
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Origin of antitragus

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek antítragos. See anti-, tragus
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Examples from the Web for antitragus

Historical Examples

  • The tragus ought normally to exceed the antitragus in dimensions.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • It is to this antitragus, but proceeding from another direction, that the parotido-auricular muscle is inserted (Fig. 90, 15).

  • The genus Rhinolophus has a large nose leaf, and an antitragus to the ear.

  • The nose leaf is complicated, and there are only two phalanges in all the toes; there is no antitragus to the ear.

  • All bats have large ears, each of which contains a curious inner ear known as the “antitragus.”

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for antitragus


noun plural -gi (-ˌdʒaɪ)
  1. a cartilaginous projection of the external ear opposite the tragus
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek antitragos; see anti-, tragus
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antitragus in Medicine


  1. A projection of the auricle of the ear posterior to the tragus.
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