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Meaning of MAXILLA

Pronunciation:  mak'silu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the upper jawbone in vertebrates ; it is fused to the cranium

MAXILLA is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: upper jaw, upper jawbone
 See Also: bone, hard palate, intermaxillary suture, jaw, os, sutura intermaxillaris



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Max*il"la\, n.; pl. {Maxill[ae]}. [L., dim. of mala
jaw, jawbone.]
1. (Anat.)
   (a) The bone of either the upper or the under jaw.
   (b) The bone, or principal bone, of the upper jaw, the
       bone of the lower jaw being the mandible. [Now
       commonly used in this restricted sense.]

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the lower or outer jaws of arthropods.

Note: There are usually two pairs in Crustacea and one pair
      in insects. In certain insects they are not used as
      jaws, but may form suctorial organs. See Illust. under
      {Lepidoptera}, and {Diptera}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Upper jawbone.