Definition of maxillary in English:


Syllabification: max·il·lar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈmaksəˌlerē


Anatomy & Zoology
  • 1Of or attached to a jaw or jawbone, especially the upper jaw: a maxillary fracture maxillary teeth
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    • Regarding the marked size decrease of maxillary to premaxillary teeth, it seems likely that relative size of the teeth is allometrically and ontogenetically controlled.
    • The upper dentition, based on socket size, is slightly heterodont, with smaller premaxillary teeth and larger maxillary teeth.
    • The teeth most often missing are the third molars, second premolars, and maxillary lateral incisors, and other teeth may be reduced in size.
  • 1.1Of or relating to the maxillae of an arthropod.
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    • It is visible in the third antennal segment, but not the maxillary palps or larval chemosensory organs.
    • These hybridization results show that the gene is expressed in two olfactory organs: the third antennal segment and the maxillary palp.
    • Labial and maxillary palps are transformed to legs (arrows).


early 17th century: from maxilla, probably suggested by Latin maxillaris.

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