[ pree-mak-sil-uh ]
/ ˌpri mækˈsɪl ə /

noun, plural pre·max·il·lae [pree-mak-sil-ee] /ˌpri mækˈsɪl i/. Anatomy, Zoology.

one of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of vertebrates, situated in front of and between the maxillary bones.

Nearby words

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  3. premature labor,
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  8. premedical,
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Origin of premaxilla

From the New Latin word praemaxilla, dating back to 1865–70. See pre-, maxilla

Related formspre·max·il·lar·y [pree-mak-suh-ler-ee] /priˈmæk səˌlɛr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for premaxilla


/ (ˌpriːmækˈsɪlə) /

noun plural -lae (-liː)

either of two bones situated in the upper jaw between the maxillary bones
Derived Formspremaxillary, adjective

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Medicine definitions for premaxilla


[ prē′măk-sĭlə ]


Either of two bones located in front of and between the maxillary bones in the upper jaw of vertebrates.

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