[mak-suh-ler-ee, mak-sil-uh-ree]
noun, plural max·il·lar·ies.
  1. a maxilla or maxillary bone.

Origin of maxillary

First recorded in 1620–30; maxill(a) + -ary
Related formsin·ter·max·il·lar·y, adjectivepost·max·il·lar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for maxillary

1620s, from Latin maxilla (see maxilla) + -ary.

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maxillary in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a jaw or jawbone, especially the upper one.
  1. A maxillar; a jawbone.
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