Pterygoid hamulus

The pterygoid hamulus is a hook-like process at the lower extremity of the medial pterygoid plate of the sphenoid bone. Around it glides the tendon of the tensor veli palatini. As well, it is the superior origin of the pterygomandibular raphe.

Pterygoid hamulus
Sphenoid bone. Anterior and inferior surfaces. (Hamulus labeled at bottom left.)
Sagittal section of skull. (Sphenoid is in yellow, and pterygoid hamulus labeled at bottom center.)
Latinhamulus pterygoideus
Anatomical terms of bone

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 151 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Anatomy figure: 22:4b-05 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • "Anatomy diagram: 05287.011-1". Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2014-01-01.

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