Medical Definition of Bone, zygomatic

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 12/27/2018

Bone, zygomatic: The bone that forms the prominence of the cheek.

The zygomatic bone is also known as the zygoma, the zygomatic arch, malar bone, yoke bone.

The word "zygomatic" comes from the Greek "zygon" meaning a yoke (as for oxen).

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018