Definitions for: Mandible


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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