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malar

[mey-ler] /ˈmeɪ lər/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the cheek or zygomatic bone.
noun
2.
Also, malar bone. zygomatic bone.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < New Latin mālāris of, pertaining to the cheek, equivalent to Latin māl(a) cheek, jaw (see maxilla) + -āris -ar1
Related forms
intermalar, adjective

zygomatic bone

noun, Anatomy
1.
a bone on each side of the face below the eye, forming the prominence of the cheek; cheekbone.
Also called malar, malar bone.
Origin
1700-10
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British Dictionary definitions for malar bone

zygomatic bone

noun
1.
either of two bones, one on each side of the skull, that form part of the side wall of the eye socket and part of the zygomatic arch; cheekbone Also called malar, malar bone

malar

/ˈmeɪlə/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the cheek or cheekbone
noun
2.
Also called malar bone another name for zygomatic bone
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin mālāris, from Latin māla jaw
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malar bone in Medicine

malar bone n.
See zygomatic bone.

malar ma·lar (mā'lər, -lär')
adj.
Of or relating to the cheekbone or the cheek. n.
The cheekbone.

zygomatic bone n.
A quadrilateral bone that forms the cheek prominence and articulates with the frontal, sphenoid, temporal, and maxillary bones. Also called cheekbone, jugal bone, malar bone, zygoma.

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Encyclopedia Article for malar bone

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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