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Medical Term:

hyoid bone


  1. a U-shaped bone lying between the mandible and the larynx, suspended from styloid processes by slender stylohyoid ligaments;
  2. in common usage, called “the hyoid.”

See: hyoid apparatus

Synonym(s): lingual bone, os hyoideum, tongue bone

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