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  1. of or relating to the cheek or zygomatic bone.
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  1. Also malar bone. zygomatic bone.
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Origin of malar

1775–85; < New Latin mālāris of, pertaining to the cheek, equivalent to Latin māl(a) cheek, jaw (see maxilla) + -āris -ar1
Related formsin·ter·ma·lar, adjective


[mey-ler, -lahr]
  1. Lake, a lake in S Sweden, extending W from Stockholm. 440 sq. mi. (1140 sq. km).
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Swedish Mä·lar·en [me-lah-ruh n] /ˈmɛ lɑ rən/.
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Examples from the Web for malar

Historical Examples

  • In the ox and the sheep, it articulates with a process of the malar bone.

    Artistic Anatomy of Animals

    douard Cuyer

  • And in the Malar Lake the bays correspond 50 to the capes in Seeland.

  • The malar bone, and the os unguis or lachrymal, are more or less developed according to the species considered.

  • Be this as it may, the breadth in the malar portion of the face is a remarkable feature in the Kaffre physiognomy.

  • Nor is the malar bone a guide, for this might easily be mistaken for the tuberosity of the ischium, or even for the shoulder.

British Dictionary definitions for malar


  1. of or relating to the cheek or cheekbone
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  1. Also called: malar bone another name for zygomatic bone
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin mālāris, from Latin māla jaw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

malar in Medicine


(mālər, -lär′)
  1. Of or relating to the cheekbone or the cheek.
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  1. The cheekbone.
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