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"
References in periodicals archive ?
The inferior head comes from the lateral plate of the pterygoid process and inserts into the condylar process of the mandible.
It started at the wing and pterygoid process of the basisphenoid bone and connected to the joint capsule on the tip of the medial side of the mandibular condyle.
Pneumatization may extend into the greater and lesser wings of the sphenoid or pterygoid process and the anterior clinoid process; it can also extend into the occipital bone.