Definition of maxillofacial in English:


Line breaks: max¦illo|facial
Pronunciation: /makˌsɪlə(ʊ)ˈfeɪʃ(ə)l
, ˌmaksɪlə(ʊ)-/


  • Relating to the jaws and face: maxillofacial surgery
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    • I embarked on medical training in 1961 as a mature student with two years of general dental practice and three years of hospital oral surgery and maxillofacial trauma behind me.
    • An 85 year old woman was referred to the department of maxillofacial surgery by her general dental practitioner with a three week history of sore throat.
    • Plastic surgery, general surgery or maxillofacial surgery may be necessary for deep wounds or those requiring significant debridement and closure.


late 19th century: from maxillo- (combining form of Latin maxilla 'jaw') + facial.

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