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n. pl. ham·u·li (-lī′)
A small hooklike projection or process, as at the end of a bone.

[Latin hāmulus, diminutive of hāmus, hook.]


n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Biology) biology a hook or hooklike process at the end of some bones or between the fore and hind wings of a bee or similar insect
[C18: from Latin: a little hook, from hāmus hook]
ˈhamular, ˈhamuˌlate, ˈhamuˌlose, ˈhamulous adj


(ˈhæm yə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a small hooklike process, esp. at the end of a bone.
[1720–30; < Latin, =hām(us) hook + -ulus -ule]
ham′u•lar, ham′u•late`, ham′u•lose`, ham′u•lous, adj.
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Ernst's space, pterygoid hamulus, palatine canals, and palatine vessel localizations).
The lower end of the posterior border of the medial plate appears to be con- tinued as a slender, curved or hook-like process termed as pterygoid hamulus (hamular process, pterygoideus hamulus, pterygoid hooklet).
Anatomical structures include a prominent pterygoid hamulus, large maxillary tuberosity, displaced third molar tooth or an elongated styloid process due to calcification of the stylohyoid ligament (Eagle's syndrome) (3).