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[ham-yuh-luh s]
noun, plural ham·u·li [ham-yuh-lahy] /ˈhæm yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. a small hook or hooklike process, especially at the end of a bone.
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Origin of hamulus

1720–30; < Latin, equivalent to hām(us) hook + -ulus -ule
Related formsham·u·lar, ham·u·late [ham-yuh-leyt] /ˈhæm yəˌleɪt/, ham·u·lose [ham-yuh-lohs] /ˈhæm yəˌloʊs/, ham·u·lous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hamular

Historical Examples

  • The squamosal is drawn out into a postglenoid process, and the hamular process of the pterygoid is prominent.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • They slope obliquely forwards, and end in curved, compressed, hamular processes.

British Dictionary definitions for hamular


noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. biology a hook or hooklike process at the end of some bones or between the fore and hind wings of a bee or similar insect
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Derived Formshamular, hamulate, hamulose or hamulous, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin: a little hook, from hāmus hook
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hamular in Medicine


  1. Hook-shaped; unciform.
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n. pl. ham•u•li (-lī′)
  1. A small hooklike projection or process, as at the end of a bone.
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