mandible

Do you know where your mandible is located? Your mandible is your jawbone. Without a mandible, you wouldn't be able to eat pizza.

In vertebrates (including humans), the mandible is the lower, hinged part of the jaw; in birds, both the top and bottom sections of the beak are called mandibles. The Latin root is mandere, "to chew," and chewing is the main function of the mandible, which holds your lower teeth in place and swings freely up and down.

Definitions of mandible
  1. noun
    the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
    synonyms: jawbone, jowl, lower jaw, lower jawbone, mandibula, mandibular bone, submaxilla
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    types:
    lantern jaw
    a long thin lower jaw
    type of:
    articulator
    a movable speech organ
    jaw
    the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
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