pterygoid pter·y·goid (těr’ĭ-goid’)
Of, relating to, or located in the region of the sphenoid bone.
Resembling a wing; winglike.
Either of two processes descending from the body of the sphenoid bone.
- Pterygoid canal
pterygoid canal n. An opening through the pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone through which an artery, vein, and nerve pass.
- Pterygoid nerve
pterygoid nerve n. Either of two motor branches of the mandibular nerve, designated lateral and medial, supplying the lateral and medial pterygoid muscles.
- Pterygoid process
/ˈtɛrɪˌɡɔɪd/ noun 1. (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.
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 pter·y·go·max·il·lar·y (těr’ĭ-gō-māk’sə-lěr’ē) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the maxilla.