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[pith-i-koid, pi-thee-koid] /ˈpɪθ ɪˌkɔɪd, pɪˈθi kɔɪd/
belonging or pertaining to the genus Pithecia and related genera, including the saki monkeys.
(loosely) apelike; monkeylike.
Origin of pithecoid
1860-65; < New Latin pithēc(us) ape (< Greek píthēkos) + -oid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is decidedly a pithecoid characteristic which is always found in apes.

    The Last Link Ernst Haeckel
  • Your term, "pithecoid man," is a whole paper and theory in itself.

  • Huxley attributed this hesitation of Lyell to his "profound antipathy" to the doctrine of the "pithecoid origin of man."

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • Their life is higher than that of the pithecoid lower and middle savages, but less than that of the barbarians.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • By this the male hand becomes more ape-like, as the long arm also is a pithecoid (ape-like) characteristic.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • The chief difficulty in assigning the possessor of the Mauer jaw to a pithecoid stock has been mentioned already.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • The primordial anthropoid was probably, in this respect, on much the same footing as his pithecoid kin.

  • Even our human organism has arisen in the same natural manner, by gradual transformation, from a group of pithecoid mammals.

pithecoid in Medicine

pithecoid pith·e·coid (pĭth'ĭ-koid', pī-thē'koid)
Resembling or relating to the apes, especially the anthropoid apes.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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pithecoid in Science
  (pĭth'ĭ-koid', pī-thē'koid)   
Resembling or relating to the apes, especially the anthropoid apes.
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