mastoid process

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mastoid process

n.
A conical protuberance of the posterior portion of the temporal bone that is situated behind the ear in humans and many other vertebrates and serves as a site of muscle attachment. Also called mastoid bone.

mas′toid proc`ess


n.
a large bony prominence on the base of the skull behind the ear containing air spaces that connect with the middle ear cavity.
[1725–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mastoid process - process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skullmastoid process - process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull
mastoidale - the craniometric point at the lowest point of the mastoid process
os temporale, temporal bone - a thick bone forming the side of the human cranium and encasing the inner ear
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
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Only five traits could be attributed with a probability of 70-80 percent and were regarded as sufficiently reliable: the glabella, arcus superciliaris, processus mastoideus, crista supramastoidea, and mandibula (overall impression).
These features include the arcus superciliaris, crista supramastoidea, glabella, and the overall impression of mandibles and processus mastoideus.
These conditions are best met by glabella, arcus superciliaris, processus mastoideus, crista supramastoidea, and the overall impression of the mandibles.

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