ethmoid

[ eth-moid ]
/ ˈɛθ mɔɪd /
Anatomy

adjective

Also eth·moi·dal. of or relating to a bone at the base of the cranium and the root of the nose, containing numerous perforations for the filaments of the olfactory nerve.

noun

the ethmoid bone.

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Origin of ethmoid

1735–45; <Greek ēthmoeidḗs sievelike; see -oid

OTHER WORDS FROM ethmoid

post·eth·moid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ethmoid

ethmoid
/ (ˈɛθmɔɪd) anatomy /

adjective Also: ethmoidal

denoting or relating to a bone of the skull that forms part of the eye socket and the nasal cavity

noun

the ethmoid bone

Word Origin for ethmoid

C18: from Greek ēthmoeidēs like a sieve, from ēthmos sieve, from ēthein to sift
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Medical definitions for ethmoid

ethmoid
[ ĕthmoid′ ]

adj.

Resembling a sieve.

n.

The ethmoid bone.
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