Pterygoid fovea

Pterygoid fovea

Infobox Bone
Name = Pterygoid fovea
Latin = fovea pterygoidea
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Caption = Medial side of mandible. (Pterygiod fovea not labelled, but indicated as the insertion for the "pterygoideus externus" on the upper left.)
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The pterygoid fovea (occasionally called pit or depression) is a concave surface on the uppermost medial side of the ramus of the mandible.

Located behind the mandibular notch and below of the condyloid process on the head of the mandible, the pterygoid fovea forms the anterior surface of the neck of the mandible and serves for the attachment of the lateral pterygoid muscle.

Not to be confused with the pterygoid fossa of the sphenoid bone.


* cite book
title = Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy | pages = 28-29
author = Feneis, Heinz; Dauber, Wolfgang
publisher = Thieme | year = 2000 | edition = 4th

External links

* cite web
url =
title = Pterygoid fovea
publisher = Suny Downstate Medical Center
accessdate = 2008-09-26

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