pterygoid process
noun Date: 1741 a process extending downward from each side of the sphenoid bone in humans and other mammals

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  • Pterygoid process — Pterygoid Pter y*goid, a. [Gr. ?, ?, a wing + oid.] (Anat.) (a) Like a bird s wing in form; as, a pterygoid bone. (b) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the pterygoid bones, pterygoid processes, or the whole sphenoid bone. n. A pterygoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pterygoid process — n a process that extends downward from each side of the sphenoid bone near the union of its body and a greater wing, that consists of the medial and lateral pterygoid plates which are fused above anteriorly and separated below by the pterygoid… …   Medical dictionary

  • pterygoid process — /ˈtɛrəgɔɪd ˌproʊsɛs/ (say teruhgoyd .prohses) noun 1. either of two processes descending, one on each side, from the point where the body of the sphenoid bone joins a bone of a temporal wing within the skull, each process consisting of two plates …   Australian English dictionary

  • pterygoid process — [ tɛrɪgɔɪd] noun Anatomy each of a pair of projections from the sphenoid bone in the skull. Origin C18: from mod. L. pterygoides, from Gk pterux, pterug wing …   English new terms dictionary

  • pterygoid process — either of two large processes of the sphenoid bone …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • pterygoid process — adj. each of a pair of processes from the sphenoid bone in the skull. Etymology: Gk pterux ugos wing …   Useful english dictionary

  • Отросток Крыловидный (Pterygoid Process) — парный крупный отросток клиновидной кости, разделенный на две пластинки:медиальную и латеральную, между которыми расположена крыловидная ямка (ред.). Источник: Медицинский словарь …   Медицинские термины

  • lateral plate of pterygoid process — lamina lateralis processus pterygoidei …   Medical dictionary

  • medial plate of pterygoid process — lamina medialis processus pterygoidei …   Medical dictionary

  • pterygoid plate — n either of two vertical plates making up a pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone: a) a broad thin plate that forms the lateral part of the pterygoid process and gives attachment to the lateral pterygoid muscle on its lateral surface and to the… …   Medical dictionary

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