pterygoid process

/ (ˈtɛrɪˌɡɔɪd) /

noun

anatomy either of two long bony plates extending downwards from each side of the sphenoid bone within the skull

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Word Origin for pterygoid process

C18 pterygoid, from Greek pterugoeidēs, from pterux wing; see -oid
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Medical definitions for pterygoid process

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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