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Medical Term:

pterygoid hamulus


the inferior, hook-shaped extremity of the medial plate of the pterygoid process, which serves as a pulley (trochlea) for the tendon of the tensor veli palati muscle.

Synonym(s): hamular process of sphenoid bone, hamulus pterygoideus

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