petrosal

[ pi-troh-suhl ]
/ pɪˈtroʊ səl /

adjective

petrous; hard or stony.
Anatomy. of or relating to the petrous portion of the temporal bone.

QUIZZES

TAKE THIS QUIZ IF A DAZZLING VOCABULARY IS YOUR DESIDERATUM!

Have the Words of the Day from October 19–25, 2020, made an indelible mark on your memory? Take the quiz to find out!
Question 1 of 7
What does “clement” mean?

Origin of petrosal

1735–45; <Latin petrōs(us) rocky (see petro-1, -ose1) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM petrosal

sub·pe·tro·sal, adjectivesu·per·pe·tro·sal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for petrosal

British Dictionary definitions for petrosal

petrosal
/ (pɛˈtrəʊsəl) /

adjective

anatomy of, relating to, or situated near the dense part of the temporal bone that surrounds the inner ear

Word Origin for petrosal

C18: from Latin petrōsus full of rocks, from petra a rock, from Greek
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for petrosal

petrosal
[ pə-trōsəl ]

adj.

Relating to or located near the petrous portion of the temporal bone.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.