Origin of mastoid

1725–35; < New Latin mastoīdēs < Greek mastoeidḗs. See masto-, -oid
Related formsin·ter·mas·toid, adjectivepost·mas·toid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for mastoids


  1. shaped like a nipple or breast
  2. designating or relating to a nipple-like process of the temporal bone behind the ear
  1. the mastoid process
  2. informal mastoiditis
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Word Origin and History for mastoids



"breast-shaped, resembling a breast or nipple," 1732, from Greek mastoeides "resembling a breast," from mastos "(woman's) breast" (see masto-) + -oeides "like," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid). As a noun, 1800, from the adjective.

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mastoids in Medicine


  1. The mastoid process.
  1. Of or relating to the mastoid process, antrum, or sinuses.
  2. Shaped like a breast or nipple.
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