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hyoid

/ˈhaɪɔɪd/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the hyoid bone
noun
2.
the horseshoe-shaped bone that lies at the base of the tongue and above the thyroid cartilage
3.
a corresponding bone or group of bones in other vertebrates
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin hӯoïdes, from Greek huoeidēs having the shape of the letter upsilon, from hu upsilon + -oid
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hyoid bone in Medicine

hyoid bone n.
A U-shaped bone at the base of the tongue that supports the muscles of the tongue.

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