Dentary Den"ta*ry, a. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or bearing, teeth. -- n. The distal bone of the lower jaw in many animals, which may or may not bear teeth.

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  • dentary — the anterior, paired, dermal bone in the lower jaw. Usually the only tooth bearing bone in the mandible, the two halves have a V shape and meet at the jaw tip or mandibular symphysis. Posteriorly it has a coronoid process directed dorsally and a… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • dentary — /den teuh ree/, n., pl. dentaries. Zool. one of a pair of membrane bones that in lower vertebrates form the distal part of the lower jaws and in mammals comprise the mandible. [1820 30; < L dentarius of the teeth, equiv. to dent (s. of dens)… …   Universalium

  • dentary — noun The bone in the lower jaw of a vertebrate which holds teeth …   Wiktionary

  • dentary — [ dɛnt(ə)ri] noun (plural dentaries) Zoology the bone of the lower jaw which bears the teeth. Origin C19: from late L. dentarius …   English new terms dictionary

  • dentary — den·ta·ry …   English syllables

  • dentary — /ˈdɛntəri/ (say dentuhree) noun one of the pair of bones in the lower jaw of some vertebrates, usually bearing teeth …   Australian English dictionary

  • dentary — ˈdentərē noun ( es) Etymology: dent + ary : either of a pair of membrane bones of the lower jaw of most vertebrates, in lower forms being restricted to the distal area but in recent higher mammals forming the body of the mandible …   Useful english dictionary

  • dentary splenial — dentary splenial, the fused dentary and splenial bones, or a bone which takes the place of those two in forming the jaw …   Useful english dictionary

  • dentary elevation — the knob at the tip of the lower jaw at the junction of the dentaries which usually fits into an opposing indentation in the upper jaw …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • dentary center — an ossification center of the mandible, giving origin to the lower border and outer plate …   Medical dictionary

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