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hyoid

[hahy-oid] /ˈhaɪ ɔɪd/
adjective
1.
Also, hyoidal, hyoidean. noting or pertaining to a U -shaped bone at the root of the tongue in humans, or a corresponding bone or collection of bones in animals.
noun
2.
the hyoid bone.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < New Latin hȳoïdes < Greek hȳoeidḗs, shaped like the letter hypsilon (i.e. upsilon), equivalent to hȳ- (derivative of letter name hŷ, variant of ŷ; see upsilon) + -oeidēs -oid
Related forms
posthyoid, adjective
subhyoid, adjective
subhyoidean, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for post hyoid

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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Word Origin and History for post hyoid

hyoid

adj.

1811, from French hyoïde (16c.), from Modern Latin hyoides, from Greek hyoeides "shaped like the letter U," from hu "letter U" (in later Greek called upsilon) + -oeides "like" (see -oid).

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post hyoid in Medicine

hyoid hy·oid (hī'oid')
adj.

  1. Shaped like the letter U.

  2. Of or relating to the hyoid bone.

n.
The hyoid bone.
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