Jugular tubercle

The upper surface of the lateral parts of occipital bone presents an oval eminence, the jugular tubercle, which overlies the hypoglossal canal and is sometimes crossed by an oblique groove for the glossopharyngeal, vagus, and accessory nerves.

Jugular tubercle
Occipital bone. Outer surface. (Jugular tubercle not visible, but hypoglossal canal is visible at lower left.)
Base of the skull. Upper surface. (Jugular tubercle not visible, but occipital bone is identified at bottom in blue, and jugular tubercle is to right of foramen magnum.)
Latintuberculum jugulare ossis occipitalis
Anatomical terms of bone


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 131 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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