Maxillary vs. Maxilla - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Maxilla

    The maxilla (plural: maxillae ) in animals is the upper fixed bone of the jaw formed from the fusion of two maxillary bones. The upper jaw includes the hard palate in the front of the mouth. The two maxillary bones are fused at the intermaxillary suture, forming the anterior nasal spine. This is similar to the mandible (lower jaw), which is also a fusion of two mandibular bones at the mandibular symphysis. The mandible is the movable part of the jaw.

Wiktionary

  • Maxillary (adjective)

    Of or relating to the jaw or jawbone.

    "maxillar"

  • Maxillary (noun)

    The jawbone.

  • Maxilla (noun)

    Either of the two bones that together form the upper jaw.

  • Maxilla (noun)

    Arachnid mouthpart

Oxford Dictionary

  • Maxillary (adjective)

    of or attached to a jaw or jawbone, especially the upper jaw

    "a maxillary fracture"

  • Maxillary (adjective)

    relating to the maxillae of an arthropod

    "the maxillary palp"

  • Maxilla (noun)

    the jaw or jawbone, specifically the upper jaw in most vertebrates. In humans it also forms part of the nose and eye socket.

  • Maxilla (noun)

    (in many arthropods) each of a pair of mouthparts used in chewing.

Webster Dictionary

  • Maxilla (noun)

    The bone of either the upper or the under jaw.

  • Maxilla (noun)

    One of the lower or outer jaws of arthropods.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Maxillary (adjective)

    of or relating to the upper jaw

  • Maxilla (noun)

    the upper jawbone in vertebrates; it is fused to the cranium

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