Also hy·oi·dal, hy·oi·de·an. noting or pertaining to a U-shaped bone at the root of the tongue in humans, or a corresponding bone or collection of bones in animals.
the hyoid bone.
- post·hy·oid, adjective
- sub·hy·oid, adjective
- sub·hy·oid·e·an, adjective
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How to use hyoid in a sentence
This is because both actions depend on moving the U-shaped hyoid bone, but in opposite directions.Baleen whales have an ‘oral plug’ to help them guzzle down food without choking | Kate Baggaley | January 24, 2022 | Popular-Science
The fossil’s extremely elongated tongue attachment bones, or hyoid apparatus, suggests that the bird could protrude its tongue from its mouth, much as some present-day birds do to grab hard-to-reach morsels.This 120-million-year-old bird could stick out its tongue | Kate Baggaley | December 16, 2021 | Popular-Science
In today’s birds, the hyoid apparatus consists of cartilage and several bones, including the rod-shaped ceratobranchials and epibranchials.This 120-million-year-old bird could stick out its tongue | Kate Baggaley | December 16, 2021 | Popular-Science
Mallei and hyoid bones of the genera and subgenera of the chipmunks were mostly studied in the dry state.Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks | John A. White
The hyoid bone, serving as a medium of attachment for the tongue, may also be considered a portion of the larynx.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
In the posterior halves two similar rods are formed which develop into the hyoid.
Of arch II., the lower part became the horn of the hyoid, the upper part had a varying fate.
The hyoid is at first connected with the skull, 140but afterwards frees itself and becomes slung to the "quadrate."
British Dictionary definitions for hyoid
of or relating to the hyoid bone
the horseshoe-shaped bone that lies at the base of the tongue and above the thyroid cartilage
a corresponding bone or group of bones in other vertebrates
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