noun, plural max·il·lae [mak-sil-ee] /mækˈsɪl i/.
- max müller,
- max out,
- maxillary antrum,
- maxillary artery,
- maxillary dentition
Origin of maxilla
Examples from the Web for maxilla
The orbital process of the frontal is not wider than the downward process of the maxilla.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
Of these parts, right m2, left coronoid process, right P4 and M1 and adjacent part of maxilla are lost.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
An alveolar abscess deeply seated in the maxilla may open into the maxillary antrum and set up suppuration in that cavity.
Valve or Valvulae: the expanded plate-like galea of the maxilla in many Hymenoptera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
The beak is strong, curiously denticulated along the margin of the maxilla near the base, and is beset by diverging bristles.
noun plural -lae (-liː)
Word Origin for maxilla
"jaw, jawbone," 1670s, from Latin maxilla "upper jaw," diminutive of mala "jaw, cheekbone." "Maxilla stands to mala as axilla, 'armpit,' stands to ala 'wing'" [Klein]. Related: Maxillar; maxilliform.