Carotid groove

The carotid groove is a anatomical groove in the sphenoid bone located above the attachment of each great wing of the sphenoid bone. The groove is curved like the italic letter f, and lodges the internal carotid artery and the cavernous sinus.

Carotid groove
Sphenoid bone. Upper surface. (Carotid groove visible at left center.)
Base of the skull. Upper surface. (Sphenoid bone is in yellow, and carotid groove is labeled at center of sphenoid.
LocationSphenoid bone
Latinsulcus caroticus ossis sphenoidalis
Anatomical terms of bone


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 148 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • "Anatomy diagram: 34257.000-2". Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2014-01-01.

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