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[cheek-bohn] /ˈtʃikˌboʊn/
the zygomatic bone.
the part of that bone below the eye forming the prominence of the cheek.
the area of the cheek overlying this bone.
before 1000; Middle English chekbon, Old English ceacban. See cheek, bone1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cheekbone
  • Position your mobile parallel to your cheekbone and imagine you're having an intimate dinner conversation.
  • The extension pieces struck the upper side of his cheekbone, his jaw and neck.
  • The suspect has what appears to be a mark or bruise on the right cheekbone.
  • The officer observed redness around her eyes and cheekbone, and some swelling.
  • They are on his neck, under his right cheekbone, and under his right eyebrow.
  • They get this hair right along here, sometimes also on the cheekbone.
British Dictionary definitions for cheekbone


the nontechnical name for zygomatic bone related adjective malar
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cheekbone in Medicine

cheekbone cheek·bone (chēk'bōn')
See zygomatic bone.

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Encyclopedia Article for cheekbone

diamond-shaped bone below and lateral to the orbit, or eye socket, at the widest part of the cheek. It adjoins the frontal bone at the outer edge of the orbit and the sphenoid and maxilla within the orbit. It forms the central part of the zygomatic arch by its attachments to the maxilla in front and to the zygomatic process of the temporal bone at the side. The zygomatic bone forms in membrane (i.e., without a cartilaginous precursor) and is ossified at birth.

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