pterygoid bone


Definition of pterygoid bone

: a horizontally placed often more or less rodlike bone or group of bones of the upper jaw or roof of the mouth in most lower vertebrates connecting the palatine in front and the quadrate behind and forming part of the palatoquadrate arch

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