Temporal bone
Temporal Tem"po*ral, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempora the temples: cf. F. temporal. See {Temple} a part of the head.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery. [1913 Webster]

{Temporal bone}, a very complex bone situated in the side of the skull of most mammals and containing the organ of hearing. It consists of an expanded squamosal portion above the ear, corresponding to the squamosal and zygoma of the lower vertebrates, and a thickened basal petrosal and mastoid portion, corresponding to the periotic and tympanic bones of the lower vertebrates. [1913 Webster]


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  • temporal bone — noun a thick bone forming the side of the human cranium and encasing the inner ear • Syn: ↑os temporale • Hypernyms: ↑bone, ↑os • Part Holonyms: ↑cranium, ↑braincase, ↑brainpan …   Useful english dictionary

  • temporal bone — noun Date: 1771 a compound bone of the side of the skull of some mammals including humans …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • temporal bone — noun Either of two compound bones that collectively make up the sides and base of the skull …   Wiktionary

  • temporal bone — n. (Anatomy) either of the pair of bones that form part of the side of the skull …   English contemporary dictionary

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