One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The small, thin bone separating the left and right nasal cavities in humans and most vertebrates.
- ‘The maxilla fuses with the vomer bone and the nasal septum.’
- ‘These paleognath birds are characterized by large, fenestrated maxillo-palatines that do not articulate with the vomer, and short palatines that do articulate with the vomer.’
- ‘This needle allows the surgeon greater control when placing the suture in tight spaces, such as the vomer area or posterior pharynx.’
- ‘Anteriorly, the ventral surface of the vomer is narrow and ventrally convex.’
- ‘Together with the vomers, the septomaxilla forms the floor of the nasal cavity and encloses the vomeronasal organ.’
Early 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘plowshare’ (because of the shape).
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