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maxilla

Pronunciation: mak-sil'a, mak-sil'e

Definition: An irregularly shaped pneumatized bone, supporting the superior teeth and taking part in the formation of the orbit, hard palate, and nasal cavity and containing the maxillary sinus.

Synonym(s): upper jaw bone, upper jaw

[L. jawbone]

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