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mastoid process

noun
1.
a large, bony prominence on the base of the skull behind the ear, containing air spaces that connect with the middle ear cavity.
Also called mastoid, mastoid bone.
Origin of mastoid process
1725-1735
1725-35
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  • In the ear region, the mastoid process was powerfully developed for the attachment of muscles which pulled the head down.
mastoid process in Medicine

mastoid process n.

  1. A conical protuberance of the posterior portion of the temporal bone that is situated behind the ear and serves as a site of muscle attachment. Also called mastoid bone.

  2. The part of the first pharyngeal arch in the embryo, developing into the upper jaw in the embryo.

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mastoid process
  (mās'toid')   
A protruding bony area in the lower part of the skull that is located behind the ear in humans and many other vertebrates and serves as a site of muscle attachment. The mastoid process contains small air-filled cavities called mastoid cells that communicate with the middle ear.
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