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Meaning of MANDIBLE

Pronunciation:  'mandibul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the lower jawbone in vertebrates; it is hinged to open the mouth

MANDIBLE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: jawbone, jowl, lower jaw, lower jawbone, mandibula, submaxilla
 See Also: articulator, bone, condylar process, condyloid process, coronoid process of the mandible, gnathion, gonion, jaw, lantern jaw, mandibular condyle, mandibular notch, os, pogonion, symphysion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Man"di*ble\, n. [L. mandibula, mandibulum, fr. mandere
to chew. Cf. {Manger}.]
1. (Anat.) The bone, or principal bone, of the lower jaw; the
   inferior maxilla; -- also applied to either the upper or
   the lower jaw in the beak of birds.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The anterior pair of mouth organs of insects,
   crustaceaus, and related animals, whether adapted for
   biting or not. See Illust. of {Diptera}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The mandible is the the bone of the lower jaw. The joint where the mandible meets the upper jaw at the temporal bone is called the temporomandibular joint.