mastoid process


noun

a large, bony prominence on the base of the skull behind the ear, containing air spaces that connect with the middle ear cavity.

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Also called mastoid, mastoid bone.

Origin of mastoid process

First recorded in 1725–35
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Medical definitions for mastoid process

mastoid process

n.

A conical protuberance of the posterior portion of the temporal bone that is situated behind the ear and serves as a site of muscle attachment.mastoid bone
The part of the first pharyngeal arch in the embryo, developing into the upper jaw in the embryo.
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Scientific definitions for mastoid process

mastoid process
[ măstoid′ ]

A protruding bony area in the lower part of the skull that is located behind the ear in humans and many other vertebrates and serves as a site of muscle attachment. The mastoid process contains small air-filled cavities called mastoid cells that communicate with the middle ear.
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