Mandibular fossa

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Mandibular fossa
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Left temporal bone. Outer surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at left, third from the top.)
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Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at center left. Temporal bone is pink.)
LatinFossa mandibularis
Gray'sp.140
TAA02.1.06.071
Anatomical terms of bone
 
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Mandibular fossa
Gray137.png
Left temporal bone. Outer surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at left, third from the top.)
Gray187.png
Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at center left. Temporal bone is pink.)
LatinFossa mandibularis
Gray'sp.140
TAA02.1.06.071
Anatomical terms of bone

The mandibular fossa is the depression in the temporal bone that articulates with the mandibular condyle. In the temporal bone, the mandibular fossa is bounded, in front, by the articular tubercle; behind, by the tympanic part of the bone, which separates it from the external acoustic meatus; it is divided into two parts by a narrow slit, the petrotympanic fissure (Glaserian fissure). The mandibular fossa is also referred to as the glenoid fossa, especially in dental literature.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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