mastoid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mastoid relating to or resembling a nipple
    • adj mastoid of or relating to or in the region of the mastoid process
    • n mastoid process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mastoid (Anat) Resembling the nipple or the breast; -- applied specifically to a process of the temporal bone behind the ear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mastoid Teat-like; shaped like a nipple: specifically applied in anatomy to a part or process of the temporal bone, from its shape in man. See below.
    • n mastoid The mastoid part or process of the temporal bone: in adult man, a conical nipplelike bony prominence below and behind the orifice of the ear, to which the sternoclido-mastoid, trachelomastoid, digastric, and other muscles are attached, and which is grooved for the passage of the occipital artery. It is not a distinct element of the compound temporal bone, having no independent center of ossification, but is merely an outgrowth of the petrosal bone, forming with this the petromastoid. It is scarcely recognizable in infants. The interior is excavated by the numerous mastoid cells.
    • n mastoid A distinct bone of the skull of some of the lower vertebrates, regarded by Owen as homologous with the mammalian mastoid.
    • n mastoid Same as pterotic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mastoid like a nipple or teat: denoting a part or process of the temporal bone
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; masto`s the breast + e'i^dos form: cf. F. mastoïde,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. mastos, a nipple.

Usage

In literature:

She was in Washington; Kennicott was in Gopher Prairie, writing as dryly as ever about water-pipes and goose-hunting and Mrs. Fageros's mastoid.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
The ball entered the skull beneath the left mastoid process and passed out of the right eye.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
And even then Vic had this mastoid trouble, and Harriet got everything, almost.
"Mother" by Kathleen Norris
The mastoid processes are large, which might be expected, as their hearing is acute.
"The Bushman" by Edward Wilson Landor
In return he choked his adversary, but Madden's mastoid muscles slowly gave way before the German's punishing hold.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
The next muscles to become stiff and painful are those of the neck, especially the sterno-mastoid and trapezius.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
In a few instances empyema followed influenza, and a few cases of mastoid suppuration had to be dealt with.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Many skeletons had a single turquois near the mastoid process of the skull, showing that they had been worn as ear pendants.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
P. Mastoid half of sterno-mastoid muscle.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
He was gone less than three minutes, which he had spent with thumb and middle finger to larynx and mastoid bone.
"The Unnecessary Man" by Gordon Randall Garrett
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In poetry:

They are hunting death,
Death for the one-armed mastoid kaiser.
They are after a Hohenzollern head:
There is no man-hunt of men remembered like this.
"The Four Brothers" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Bilateral atticoantral chronic suppurative otitis media presenting as bilateral cutaneous mastoid fistulas.
Complications of chronic suppurative otitis media: A left otogenic brain abscess and a right mastoid fistula .
Complications of chronic suppurative otitis media: A left otogenic brain abscess and a right mastoid fistula.
Skull base osteomyelitis originating in the middle ear or mastoid : A review of 3 cases.
Skull base osteomyelitis is a life-threatening condition that sometimes arises as a sequela of otitis media and mastoiditis.
Mastoid pneumocele with secondary pneumatocele causing external auditory canal obstruction and the influence of forced nose blowing.
Complications of chronic suppurative otitis media : A left otogenic brain abscess and a right mastoid fistula.
Mastoid pneumocele with secondary pneumatocele causing external auditory canal obstruction and the influence of forced nose blowing.
Giant mastoid osteoma with postoperative high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss.
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