pterygoid process

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pterygoid process

(ˈtɛrɪˌɡɔɪd)
n
(Anatomy) anatomy either of two long bony plates extending downwards from each side of the sphenoid bone within the skull
[C18 pterygoid, from Greek pterugoeidēs, from pterux wing; see -oid]
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Noun1.pterygoid process - two bony processes descending from the body of the sphenoid bonepterygoid process - two bony processes descending from the body of the sphenoid bone
os sphenoidale, sphenoid, sphenoid bone - butterfly-shaped bone at the base of the skull
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
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Other sites include a paranasal sinuses, orbital walls, temporal bone, pterygoid processes and external ear canal.
11) Other locations in craniofacial region include the external auditory canal, orbit, temporal bone, pterygoid processes, and, rarely inside the jawbone or over the jaw bone.
There are three types, all having certain common features: (i) all bilateral; (ii) in all, some part of the face is mobile; and (iii) all involve the pterygoid processes.