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 (zī-gō′mə, zĭ-)
n. pl. zy·go·ma·ta (-mə-tə) or zy·go·mas
1. The zygomatic bone.
2. The zygomatic arch.
3. The zygomatic process.

[New Latin zygōma, zygōmat-, from Greek zugōma, bolt, from zugoun, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]

zy′go·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj.


(ˌzaɪɡəʊˈmætɪk; ˌzɪɡ-)
1. (Anatomy) of or relating to the zygoma
2. (Zoology) of or relating to the zygoma


(ˌzaɪ gəˈmæt ɪk, ˌzɪg ə-)
1. of, pertaining to, or situated near the zygoma.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zygomatic - the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheekzygomatic - the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek
jugal point, jugale - the craniometric point at the union of the frontal and temporal processes of the zygomatic bone
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
arcus zygomaticus, zygoma, zygomatic arch - the slender arch formed by the temporal process of the cheekbone that bridges to the zygomatic process of the temporal bone
skull - the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
zygomatic process - a slender process of the temporal bone that strengthens the zygomatic arch
Adj.1.zygomatic - of or relating to the cheek region of the facezygomatic - of or relating to the cheek region of the face


a. cigomático-a, rel. al cigoto;
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References in classic literature ?
A tall young man, with light hair, clear gray eyes, and thin and compressed lips, dressed in a blue coat with beautifully carved gold buttons, a white neckcloth, and a tortoiseshell eye-glass suspended by a silken thread, and which, by an effort of the superciliary and zygomatic muscles, he fixed in his eye, entered, with a half-official air, without smiling or speaking.
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In the bird, the external ear is surrounded by the quadrate, zygomatic, and temporal bones.
The adductor muscle scars in the temporal fossa are exceptionally extensive and deep and especially notable is the huge zygomatic process, which extends ventrally to the level of the quadratojugal bar and is situated so far anteriorly as almost to abut the postorbital process.
To locate the TMJ for the injection, we palpated the zygomatic arch and the condyle.
Briefly subdued, the excitement in the workshop bubbles up again as we are shown how to firmly attach the lower jaw to the upper jaw with poster putty at two points and we model our first muscle, the fan-shaped temporalis, passing it through the zygomatic arch to attach to the lower jaw.
They may present with a step-off deformity of the palate, a loose palate, or movement of the nasal bones or zygomatic bones with manipulation of the palate.
When you flex your "smile muscles" (like the zygomatic major muscle which is required to smile) your brain interprets this as, "I must be happy.
The apex extends laterally into the zygomatic process of the maxilla.
The width measurement is a caliper-type measurement from the left zygomatic arch (cheekbone) to the right zygomatic arch, taken perfectly perpendicular to the center axis of the skull.
Remember that maxillary molar images need the most exposure time to penetrate the zygomatic arch and mandibular anterior images need the least amount of time because we are imaging above the mandible.
Initial attempt at excision in November 2008 was aborted due a dense, firm mass abutting the frontal branch of the facial nerve, and extending under the zygomatic arch into the infratemporal fossa.