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ethmoid bone

 

Definition: an irregularly shaped bone lying between the orbital plates of the frontal bone and anterior to the sphenoid bone of the cranium; it consists of two lateral ethmoidal labyrinths of thin plates enclosing air cells, attached above to a perforated horizontal lamina, the cribriform plate, from which descends a median, vertical, perpendicular plate in the interval between the two labyrinths; the bone articulates with the sphenoid, frontal, maxillary, lacrimal, and palatine bones, the inferior nasal concha, and the vomer; it enters into the formation of the anterior cranial fossa, the orbits, and the nasal cavity, forming the supreme, superior, and middle conchae of the latter.

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