Pte*ro"tic (?), a. [Gr. wing + , , ear.] Anat.

Of or pertaining to, or designating, a bone between the prootic and epiotic in the dorsal and outer part of the periotic capsule of many fishes.

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n.

The pterotic bone.

The pterotic bone is so called because fancied in some cases to resemble in form a bird's wing

 

© Webster 1913.

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