Pharyngeal tubercle

The pharyngeal tubercle is a part of the occipital bone of the head and neck. It is located on the lower surface of the basilar part of occipital bone, about 1 cm. anterior to the foramen magnum. The pharyngeal tubercle gives attachment to the fibrous raphe of the pharynx, also known as the pharyngeal raphe.

Pharyngeal tubercle
Occipitanl bone. Outer surface. (Pharyngeal tubercle not labeled but visible at bottom, at center of box, labeled as attachment point of constrictor pharyngis superior.)
Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Pharyngeal tubercle labeled at right, eighth from the bottom.)
Latintuberculum pharyngeum
Anatomical terms of bone

This is the point of attachment for the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 132 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Anatomy figure: 31:02-02 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • "Anatomy diagram: 34257.000-1". Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2014-01-01.

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