upper jaw


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Noun1.upper jaw - the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the craniumupper jaw - the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium
hard palate - the bony part of the roof of the mouth
intermaxillary suture, sutura intermaxillaris - the suture between the two maxillae of the upper jawbone
jaw - the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
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up·per jaw

n. mandíbula superior.
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It was an adult, as was known by its six rows of teeth placed in an isosceles triangle in the upper jaw.
But its most ferocious and repulsive feature is its jaws, the entire bony structure of which protrudes several inches beyond the flesh, revealing five sharp, spadelike teeth in the upper jaw and the same number of similar teeth in the lower, the whole suggesting the appearance of a rotting face from which much of the flesh has sloughed away.
Two of the front teeth, in the upper jaw, were false.
"Ask that of God, my son," said Don Quixote; and do thou lead on where thou wilt, for this time I leave our lodging to thy choice; but reach me here thy hand, and feel with thy finger, and find out how many of my teeth and grinders are missing from this right side of the upper jaw, for it is there I feel the pain."
When the youth turned round he saw the point of the spear sticking up high above the Dragon's upper jaw, and knew that the other end must be fastened firmly to the ground; but the Dragon had got his teeth fixed in the iron horse, which was now useless.
He was an immemorial personage, who seemed always to have had a white head and wrinkles, and never to have possessed but a single tooth, and that a half-decayed one, in the front of the upper jaw. Well advanced as Hepzibah was, she could not remember when Uncle Venner, as the neighborhood called him, had not gone up and down the street, stooping a little and drawing his feet heavily over the gravel or pavement.
He was a small, meagre man, of some three and thirty years of age, with a bald head, a short nose and no front teeth in the upper jaw; he had round, candid blue eyes, and several pimples on his chin.
But look you, Kaa!" He caught the snake behind the hood, forced the mouth open with the blade of the knife, and showed the terrible poison-fangs of the upper jaw lying black and withered in the gum.
The lower jaw can be moved in seven different positions by slipping along a tracking section beneath the upper jaw. The advantage of this design is that water pump pliers can adjust to a number of sizes without the distance in the handle growing wider.
The disease has consumed Joseph Kang'ethe's flesh from his left upper jaw, part of his nose and lip, leaving him with an open wound.
The child's fossilized upper jaw contains seven teeth that were in the process of developing when the roughly 61/2-year-old youngster died at least 104,000 years ago and possibly more than 200,000 years ago.
Reindeer whisperer Phil Endsor of Rugeley, Staffs, said: "Reindeer struggle to digest carrots, they don't have incisor teeth on their upper jaw. Mushrooms will give Santa's reindeer the strength they need."

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