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pterygoid process

(anatomy) either of two long bony plates extending downwards from each side of the sphenoid bone within the skull
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C18 pterygoid, from Greek pterugoeidēs, from pterux wing; see -oid
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pterygoid process n.
A long process of the sphenoid bone extending downward from the junction of its body and great wing.

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