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

1698, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pterygoid process

Share pterygoid process

Statistics for pterygoid process

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pterygoid process

The first known use of pterygoid process was in 1698

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pterygoid process

pterygoid process

noun

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

Comments on pterygoid process

What made you want to look up pterygoid process? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!