- Zygomatic bone
- The part of the temporal bone of the skull that forms the prominence of the cheek. The zygomatic bone is also known as the zygomatic arch, the zygoma, the malar bone, the cheek bone and the yoke bone. The word "zygomatic" comes from the Greek "zygon" meaning a yoke or crossbar by which two draft animals such as oxen could be hitched to a plow or wagon.
* * *zygomatic bone n a bone of the side of the face below the eye that in mammals forms part of the zygomatic arch and part of the orbit and articulates with the temporal, sphenoid, and frontal bones and with the maxilla of the upper jaw called also cheekbone, jugal, malar bone, zygoma
* * *either of a pair of bones that form the prominent part of the cheeks and contribute to the orbits. See skull.
* * *os zygomaticum.
Medical dictionary. 2011.