adjective Anatomy.

shaped like a sesame seed, as certain small nodular bones and cartilages.

Origin of sesamoid

1690–1700; < Latin sēsamoīdēs < Greek sēsamoeidḗs like sesame seed. See sesame, -oid
Related formsin·ter·ses·a·moid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective anatomy

of or relating to various small bones formed in tendons, such as the patella
of or relating to any of various small cartilages, esp those of the nose

Word Origin for sesamoid

C17: from Latin sēsamoīdēs like sesame (seed), from Greek
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sesamoid in Medicine




Resembling a sesame seed in size or shape.
Of or relating to a sesamoid bone.


A sesamoid bone or cartilage.
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