- Pterygoid fovea
Name = Pterygoid fovea
Latin = fovea pterygoidea
Caption = Medial side of mandible. (Pterygiod fovea not labelled, but indicated as the insertion for the "pterygoideus externus" on the upper left.)
The pterygoid fovea (occasionally called pit or depression) is a concave surface on the uppermost medial side of the ramus of the
Located behind the
mandibular notchand below of the condyloid processon 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 fossaof 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
* cite web
url = http://ect.downstate.edu/courseware/haonline/labs/l27/st0215.htm
title = Pterygoid fovea
publisher = Suny Downstate Medical Center
accessdate = 2008-09-26
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