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[voh-mer] /ˈvoʊ mər/
noun, Anatomy
a bone of the skull in most vertebrates, in humans forming a large part of the septum between the right and left cavities of the nose.
Origin of vomer
1695-1705; < Latin vōmer plowshare
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[voh-muh-rahyn, -mer-in, vom-uh-rahyn, -er-in] /ˈvoʊ məˌraɪn, -mər ɪn, ˈvɒm əˌraɪn, -ər ɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vomer
  • The posterior border articulates by its upper half with the sphenoidal crest, by its lower with the vomer.
  • Teeth on vomer in arrow-shaped patch with a medial posteriorly directed projection.
British Dictionary definitions for vomer


the thin flat bone forming part of the separation between the nasal passages in mammals
Derived Forms
vomerine (ˈvəʊməˌraɪn; -rɪn; ˈvɒm-) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: ploughshare
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vomer in Medicine

vomer vo·mer (vō'mər)
A thin flat bone of trapezoidal shape that forms the inferior and posterior portion of the nasal septum and articulates with the sphenoid and ethmoid bones, the two maxillae, and the two palatine bones.

vo'mer·ine' (-mə-rīn') adj.
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