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  1. Botany. resembling a style; slender and pointed.
  2. Anatomy. pertaining to a styloid process.
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Origin of styloid

From the New Latin word styloīdēs, dating back to 1605–15. See style, -oid
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Historical Examples of styloid

  • A styloid process is more or less distinctly visible in the Chimpanzees.

    A Hand-book to the Primates, Volume 2 (of 2)

    Henry O. Forbes

  • Ligament wanting; shell gaping, with a styloid apophysis in the umbonal cavities.

  • The ulna should be cut obliquely, leaving the base of the styloid process, and removing all the cartilage-covered portion.

British Dictionary definitions for styloid


  1. resembling a stylus
  2. anatomy of or relating to a projecting process of the temporal bone
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Word Origin for styloid

C18: from New Latin styloides, from Greek stuloeidēs like a stylus; influenced also by Greek stulos pillar
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styloid in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to any of several slender pointed bone processes, especially the spine that projects from the base of the temporal bone.
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