adjective Date: circa 1836 situated behind the eye socket

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  • Postorbital — Post*or bit*al, a. [Pref. post + orbital.] (Anat. & Zo[ o]l.) Situated behind the orbit; as, the postorbital scales of some fishes and reptiles. n. A postorbital bone or scale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • postorbital — [pōst΄ôr′bit əl] adj. Anat. Zool. situated behind the orbit, or eye socket n. a postorbital bone or scale, as in certain reptiles …   English World dictionary

  • Postorbital — The postorbital is one of the bones in vertebrate skulls which forms a portion of the dermal skull roof and, sometimes, a ring about the orbit. Generally, it is located behind the postfrontal and posteriorly to the orbital fenestra. In some… …   Wikipedia

  • postorbital — I. (ˈ) ̷ ̷+ adjective Etymology: post + orbital : situated behind the orbit the postorbital scales of some fishes and reptiles a. : being a downwardly directed process of the frontal bone of many mammals and birds that forms part of the outer or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • postorbital — behind the orbit or eye; a bone in the series behind the eye, part of the infraorbital series. They are SO3, SO4, SO5 and SO6 or IO3.....IO6. IO6 is also called the dermosphenotic, q.v …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • postorbital — /pohst awr bi tl/, adj. Anat., Zool. located behind the orbit or socket of the eye. [1825 35; POST + ORBITAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • postorbital — adjective Behind the orbit of the eye …   Wiktionary

  • postorbital — Posterior to the orbit. * * * post·or·bit·al ȯr bət əl adj situated or occurring behind the orbit of the eye …   Medical dictionary

  • postorbital — adj. located behind the eye socket …   English contemporary dictionary

  • postorbital — post·orbital …   English syllables