[ mak-suh-ler-ee, mak-sil-uh-ree ]
/ ˈmæk səˌlɛr i, mækˈsɪl ə ri /


of or relating to a jaw, jawbone, or maxilla.

noun, plural max·il·lar·ies.

a maxilla or maxillary bone.

Nearby words

  1. max.,
  2. maxi,
  3. maxi-,
  4. maxilla,
  5. maxillae,
  6. maxillary antrum,
  7. maxillary artery,
  8. maxillary dentition,
  9. maxillary gland,
  10. maxillary nerve

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. 2019

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Word Origin and History for maxillary



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for maxillary


[ măksə-lĕr′ē ]


Of or relating to a jaw or jawbone, especially the upper one.


A maxillar; a jawbone.

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