Definition of maxillofacial in US English:



  • Relating to the jaws and face.

    ‘maxillofacial surgery’
    • ‘Plastic surgery, general surgery or maxillofacial surgery may be necessary for deep wounds or those requiring significant debridement and closure.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: from maxillo- (combining form of Latin maxilla ‘jaw’) + facial.