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[zahy-guh-mat-ik, zig-uh-]Anatomy
  1. of, relating to, or situated near the zygoma.
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  1. zygomatic bone.
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Origin of zygomatic

1700–10; zygomat- (combining form of zygoma) + -ic
Related formspre·zy·go·mat·ic, adjectivesub·zy·go·mat·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • In Ornithorhynchus the zygomatic arch is much stouter than in Echidna.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In sixteen cases the zygomatic processes were unequal and very prominent.


    Eugene S. Talbot

  • In the horse, it articulates with the zygomatic process of the temporal bone.

  • In addition the zygomatic ridge of the squamosal decreases in relative size with decrease in actual size of the skull.

  • Differences in zygomatic breadth owing to the degree of bowing are an aid in differentiating subspecies.

British Dictionary definitions for zygomatic


  1. of or relating to the zygoma
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Word Origin and History for zygomatic


1709, from Latin zygomaticus, from Greek zygoma (see zygoma).

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zygomatic in Medicine


(zī′gə-mătĭk, zĭg′ə-)
  1. Of, relating to, or located in the area of the zygoma.
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