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hyoid (ˈhaɪˌɔɪd )



  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)


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