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[pree-mak-sil-uh] /ˌpri mækˈsɪl ə/
noun, plural premaxillae
[pree-mak-sil-ee] /ˌpri mækˈsɪl i/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology
one of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of vertebrates, situated in front of and between the maxillary bones.
1865-70; < Neo-Latin praemaxilla. See pre-, maxilla
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[pree-mak-suh-ler-ee] /priˈmæk səˌlɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Altogether the premaxilla had seven teeth the third tooth was the largest.
British Dictionary definitions for premaxilla


noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
either of two bones situated in the upper jaw between the maxillary bones
Derived Forms
premaxillary, adjective
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premaxilla in Medicine

premaxilla pre·max·il·la (prē'māk-sĭl'ə)
Either of two bones located in front of and between the maxillary bones in the upper jaw of vertebrates.

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