Definition of gnathic in English:


Line breaks: gnath¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈnaθɪk
, ˈneɪ-/


  • Relating to the jaws.
    More example sentences
    • Hominoids consist of seven dental and gnathic specimens, reviewed by Leakey and Walker.
    • Finally, snakes use gnathic (jaw-based) transport mechanisms, in which kinetic elements of the jaw apparatus are used to ratchet prey into and through the mouth.
    • To date no successful attempt has been made for high-precision reproduction of gnathic motion on the basis of the gathered data.


late 19th century: from Greek gnathos 'jaw' + -ic.

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