Definition of maxillofacial in English:

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maxillofacial

Pronunciation: /makˌsilōˈfāSHəl/

noun

Anatomy
Relating to the jaws and face: maxillofacial surgery
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: max·il·lo·fa·cial

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