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Medical Term:

lateral pterygoid plate


Definition: the larger and more lateral of the two bony plates extending downward from the point of union of the body and greater wing of the sphenoid bone on either side; forms medial wall of infratemporal fossa and gives origin to the pterygoid muscles.

Synonym(s): lamina lateralis processus pterygoidei ossis sphenoidalisTA, lateral plate of pterygoid process

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