cranial fossa


The internal base of the skull in which rest the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, the pituitary gland, the cerebellum, the pons, and the medulla oblongata.

Nearby words

  1. cranial,
  2. cranial arteritis,
  3. cranial bone,
  4. cranial cavity,
  5. cranial flexure,
  6. cranial index,
  7. cranial nerve,
  8. cranial root,
  9. cranial suture,
  10. cranial vertebra

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