Pterygomandibular raphe

The pterygomandibular raphe (pterygomandibular ligament) is a ligamentous band of the buccopharyngeal fascia, attached superiorly to the pterygoid hamulus of the medial pterygoid plate, and inferiorly to the posterior end of the mylohyoid line of the mandible.

Open mouth, view from front. The pterygomandibular ligaments are marked with arrows. Note that the lower wisdom teeth have been removed, slightly changing the shape of the pterygomandibular ligaments, who usually curve near their end around the lower wisdom teeth, attaching to the lower jaw medially to them.
Pterygomandibular raphe
Muscles of the pharynx and cheek. (Pterygo-Mandibular ligament labeled at center, vertically.)
Latinraphe pterygomandibularis
Anatomical terminology

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 384 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • "Anatomy diagram: 05287.011-1". Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2014-01-01.

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