Definition of vomer in English:

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vomer

Pronunciation: /ˈvōmər/

noun

Anatomy
The small thin bone separating the left and right nasal cavities in humans and most other vertebrates.
Example sentences
  • The maxilla fuses with the vomer bone and the nasal septum.
  • Anteriorly, the ventral surface of the vomer is narrow and ventrally convex.
  • These paleognath birds are characterized by large, fenestrated maxillo-palatines that do not articulate with the vomer, and short palatines that do articulate with the vomer.

Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin, literally 'plowshare' (because of the shape).

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