Hyoid

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Definition

noun

(1) The hyoid bone

(2) Bony structure or cartilaginous bone that supports the tongue


adjective

Of, relating to, or characterized by hyoid bone


Supplement

The group of bony or cartilaginous bones directly below the tongue is called hyoid because of its shape that resembles the Greek word hyoeides, meaning "shaped like the letter upsilon" (υ)


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