pterygoid process


pterygoid process

noun

Definition of PTERYGOID PROCESS

:  a process extending downward from each side of the sphenoid bone in humans and other mammals

First Known Use of PTERYGOID PROCESS

1741

pterygoid process

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PTERYGOID PROCESS

: a process that extends downward from each side of the sphenoid bone near the union of its body and a greater wing, that consists of the medial and lateral pterygoid plates which are fused above anteriorly and separated below by the pterygoid fissure whose edges articulate with a process of the palatine bone, and that contains on its posterior aspect the pterygoid and scaphoid fossae which give attachment to muscles

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