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hyoid (ˈhaɪˌɔɪd Pronunciation for )



  1. designating or of a bone or bones supporting the tongue at its base: U-shaped in humans


  1. the hyoid bone or bones

Word Origin

Fr hyoïde < ModL hyoides < Gr hyoeidēs, shaped like the letter υ (upsilon) < hy, upsilon + -eidēs, -oid

Example Sentences Including 'hyoid'

Alissa found what she was searching for, and with a flex of her fingers she felt his hyoid bone snap.
S.M. Stirling T2©: RISING STORM (1991)
She conceded she doesn't know what became of the broken hyoid bone that strongly indicated strangulation.
San Francisco Chronicle (2004)
The hyoid bone was fully human in morphology, even though the cave deposits had been shown to be sixty thousand years old.
Wills, Christopher The Runaway Brain: the Evolution of Human Uniqueness (1993)


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