Pterygoid process

(anatomy) either of two long bony plates extending downwards from each side of the sphenoid bone within the skull

pterygoid process n.
A long process of the sphenoid bone extending downward from the junction of its body and great wing.

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    pterygomandibular pter·y·go·man·dib·u·lar (těr’ĭ-gō-mān-dĭb’yə-lər) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the mandible.

  • Pterygomaxillary

    pterygomaxillary pter·y·go·max·il·lar·y (těr’ĭ-gō-māk’sə-lěr’ē) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the maxilla.

  • Pterygopalatine

    pterygopalatine pter·y·go·pal·a·tine (těr’ĭ-gō-pāl’ə-tīn’) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the palatine bone.

  • Pterygopalatine canal

    pterygopalatine canal n. The canal that is formed between the maxilla and palatine bones and transmits the descending palatine artery and the greater palatine nerve.

  • Pterygopalatine ganglion

    pterygopalatine ganglion n. A small parasympathetic ganglion in the upper pterygopalatine fossa whose postsynaptic fibers supply the lacrimal and nasal glands. Also called sphenopalatine ganglion.

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