- a small hook or hooklike process, especially at the end of a bone.
Origin of hamulus
1720–30; < Latin, equivalent to hām(us) hook + -ulus -ule
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Examples from the Web for hamular
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.
- 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
C18: from Latin: a little hook, from hāmus hook
- Hook-shaped; unciform.
- A small hooklike projection or process, as at the end of a bone.
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