pterygoid process

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Related to Pterygoid processes of the sphenoid: pterygoid bone, Pterygoid plate, Pterygoid fossa, Greater wing of the sphenoid bone

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"