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[ stahy-loid ]
/ ˈstaɪ lɔɪd /


Botany. resembling a style; slender and pointed.
Anatomy. pertaining to a styloid process.

Nearby words

stylograph, stylographic, stylography, stylohyal, stylohyoid, styloid, styloid process, styloid process of radius, styloid process of temporal bone, styloid process of ulna, styloiditis

Origin of styloid

From the New Latin word styloīdēs, dating back to 1605–15. See style, -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for styloid

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

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell
  • A styloid process is more or less distinctly visible in the Chimpanzees.

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

British Dictionary definitions for styloid


/ (ˈstaɪlɔɪd) /


resembling a stylus
anatomy of or relating to a projecting process of the temporal bone

Word Origin for styloid

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

Medicine definitions for styloid


[ stīloid′ ]


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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