pterygoid process

pterygoid process
pterygoid process n 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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either of two large processes of the sphenoid bone.

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processus pterygoideus ossis sphenoidalis.

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  • Pterygoid process — Pterygoid Pter y*goid, a. [Gr. ?, ?, a wing + oid.] (Anat.) (a) Like a bird s wing in form; as, a pterygoid bone. (b) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the pterygoid bones, pterygoid processes, or the whole sphenoid bone. n. A pterygoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pterygoid process — /ˈtɛrəgɔɪd ˌproʊsɛs/ (say teruhgoyd .prohses) noun 1. either of two processes descending, one on each side, from the point where the body of the sphenoid bone joins a bone of a temporal wing within the skull, each process consisting of two plates …   Australian-English dictionary

  • pterygoid process — noun Date: 1741 a process extending downward from each side of the sphenoid bone in humans and other mammals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pterygoid process — [ tɛrɪgɔɪd] noun Anatomy each of a pair of projections from the sphenoid bone in the skull. Origin C18: from mod. L. pterygoides, from Gk pterux, pterug wing …   English new terms dictionary

  • pterygoid process — either of two large processes of the sphenoid bone …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • pterygoid process — adj. each of a pair of processes from the sphenoid bone in the skull. Etymology: Gk pterux ugos wing …   Useful english dictionary

  • pterygoid plate — n either of two vertical plates making up a pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone: a) a broad thin plate that forms the lateral part of the pterygoid process and gives attachment to the lateral pterygoid muscle on its lateral surface and to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Pterygoid — Pter y*goid, a. [Gr. ?, ?, a wing + oid.] (Anat.) (a) Like a bird s wing in form; as, a pterygoid bone. (b) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the pterygoid bones, pterygoid processes, or the whole sphenoid bone. n. A pterygoid bone. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pterygoid bone — Pterygoid Pter y*goid, a. [Gr. ?, ?, a wing + oid.] (Anat.) (a) Like a bird s wing in form; as, a pterygoid bone. (b) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the pterygoid bones, pterygoid processes, or the whole sphenoid bone. n. A pterygoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pterygoid fissure — n the angular cleft separating the medial and lateral pterygoid plates of each pterygoid process called also pterygoid notch * * * incisura pterygoidea …   Medical dictionary

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