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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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After applying contact solution, depending on the device used, the user attaches electrodes to the earlobes, mastoid processes, or other part of the head that deliver a pulsed current, usually from AA batteries for 20 to 60 minutes.
Possible anomalies include elongated mastoid processes, lateral ponticles, and ossification of the stylohyoid ligament.
Galvanic vestibular stimulation is an electrical stimulation applied using two small electrodes attached at the mastoid processes. This technique has been used widely in balance studies and consistently causes body sway, towards the anode electrode, during stimulation.