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noun Anatomy.
  1. a bone of the skull in most vertebrates, in humans forming a large part of the septum between the right and left cavities of the nose.
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Origin of vomer

First recorded in 1695–1705, vomer is from the Latin word vōmer plowshare
Related formsvo·mer·ine [voh-muh-rahyn, -mer-in, vom-uh-rahyn, -er-in] /ˈvoʊ məˌraɪn, -mər ɪn, ˈvɒm əˌraɪn, -ər ɪn/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vomer

Historical Examples

  • The bones associated with the olfactory capsules are the nasals and vomer.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Of these bones the vomer is never related to a cartilaginous tract below, while the palatines and pterygoids usually are so.

  • In another case, the man came home with an iron shot firmly wedged and lodged in the center of the vomer.

  • The vomer is approximately U-shaped, when viewed from below.

  • The oblique division into vomer in front and pterygoid bone behind is shown by Goldfuss in his original figure of Scaphognathus.

    Dragons of the Air

    H. G. Seeley

British Dictionary definitions for vomer


  1. the thin flat bone forming part of the separation between the nasal passages in mammals
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Derived Formsvomerine (ˈvəʊməˌraɪn, -rɪn, ˈvɒm-), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin: ploughshare
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vomer in Medicine


  1. A thin flat bone of trapezoidal shape that forms the inferior and posterior portion of the nasal septum and articulates with the sphenoid and ethmoid bones, the two maxillae, and the two palatine bones.
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Related formsvomer•ine′ (-mə-rīn′) adj.
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