One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the jaws and face.‘maxillofacial surgery’
- ‘An 85 year old woman was referred to the department of maxillofacial surgery by her general dental practitioner with a three week history of sore throat.’
- ‘Bioabsorbable technology is a revolution that has set new standards in maxillofacial surgery.’
- ‘Thermoplastic syntactic foam could be used to repair bone defects, provide prostheses for maxillofacial reconstruction, serve as intervertebral spacers, and be used to fabricate orthopedic and other implants.’
- ‘I embarked on medical training in 1961 as a mature student with two years of general dental practice and three years of hospital oral surgery and maxillofacial trauma behind me.’
- ‘Plastic surgery, general surgery or maxillofacial surgery may be necessary for deep wounds or those requiring significant debridement and closure.’
Late 19th century: from maxillo- (combining form of Latin maxilla ‘jaw’) + facial.
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