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npl  max*il*lae  or  maxillas  1  :  JAW 1a  2 a  :  an upper jaw esp. of humans or other mammals in which the bony elements are closely fused  b  :  either of two membrane bone elements of the upper jaw that lie lateral to the premaxillae and that in higher vertebrates including humans bear most of the teeth  3  :  one of the first or second pair of mouthparts posterior to the mandibles in insects, myriopods, crustaceans and closely related arthropods .
Similar sounding terms:  mu·co·cele 

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