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beak

(bēk),
1. The nose of pliers used in dentistry for contouring and adjusting wrought or cast metal dental appliances.
2. Sometimes used to describe a beak-shaped anatomic structure.
[L. beccus]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

beak

(bēk)
n.
a. The bill of a bird, especially one that is strong and curved, such as that of a hawk or a finch.
b. A similar structure in other animals, such as turtles, insects, or fish.

beaked (bēkt) adj.
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beak

  1. (also called bill) the jaws and associated horny covering in a bird or turtle.
  2. any pointed projection in plant fruits.
  3. a projecting jawbone in fish such as pike.
  4. the tip of the UMBO in bivalve molluscs.
  5. the jaws of a CEPHALOPOD such as the octopus.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

beak

(bēk)
1. Nose of pliers used in dentistry to contour and adjust wrought or cast metal dental appliances.
2. Sometimes used to describe any beak-shaped anatomic structure.
[L. beccus]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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In patients with secondary achalasia, barium studies usually reveal absent primary peristalsis in the body of the esophagus with tapered, beaklike narrowing of the distal esophagus near the gastroesophageal junction, mimicking the appearance of primary achalasia (Figure 5).
The common dismissal - "mild tease" - tacked on at the end is thus hybridized by the other, rather sinister world of the fairy tale experience, as well as by the accompanying sketch of a girl with an angrily drawn, beaklike brow and hand over her heart.
1, 2): Body elongate, - 10 X 1 mm, glistening, violet in life, higher than wide anteriorly (height 0.6-0.8 mm, width 0.4-0.6 mm) and posteriorly (height to 1.0, width 0.8 mm) (measured from sections); beaklike anterior end, ambiguous in Figure 1 (from Hubrecht, 1888), although unambiguous in outline sketch of No.
Some possess a beaklike sharpness (aligning their characters with the crows that make regular appearances in these books), while others are as blocky as ice cubes--not surprising, given that Lemire's stories are set in Southern Ontario and feature men and boys who love hockey.
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Because the beak joint of cephalopods represents the only muscle articulation examined thus far, the goal of this study is to begin to identify the general principles of support and movement in these joints by examining an example from another organism, a predatory schizorhynch kalyptorhynch flatworm with two beaklike hooks mounted on an anterior, eversible, and muscular proboscis.