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scaphoid fossa of sphenoid bone


Definition: a longitudinal hollow on the posterior surface of the superior portion (root) of the medial pterygoid plate; it gives origin to the tensor veli palati muscle.

Synonym(s): Cruveilhier fossa, fossa navicularis Cruveilhier, fossa scaphoidea ossis sphenoidalis

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