- 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.
Origin of vomer
First recorded in 1695–1705, vomer is from the Latin word vōmer plowshare
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Examples from the Web for vomer
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.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
In another case, the man came home with an iron shot firmly wedged and lodged in the center of the vomer.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds
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
- the thin flat bone forming part of the separation between the nasal passages in mammals
C18: from Latin: ploughshare
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- 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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