pterygopalatine pter·y·go·pal·a·tine (těr’ĭ-gō-pāl’ə-tīn’)
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.
- Pterygopalatine nerve
pterygopalatine nerve n. Either of two short sensory branches of the maxillary nerve in the pterygopalatine fossa, which pass through the pterygopalatine ganglion without synapse.
adjective 1. belonging or pertaining to the arthropod subclass Pterygota, comprising the winged insects.
noun, plural pterylae [ter-uh-lee, -lahy] /ˈtɛr əˌli, -ˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA). Ornithology. 1. one of the feathered areas on the skin of a bird. noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː) 1. (ornithol) any of the tracts of skin that bear contour feathers, arranged in lines along the body of a bird