Pterygospinous ligament

The pterygospinous ligament stretches from the upper part of the posterior border of the lateral pterygoid plate to the spinous process of the sphenoid.

Pterygospinous ligament
FromSphenoid bone
ToLateral pterygoid plate
Latinligamentum pterygospinale
Anatomical terminology



It occasionally ossifies,[1] and in such cases, between its upper border and the base of the skull, a foramen is formed - pterygospinous foramen (Civinini) which transmits the branches of the mandibular nerve to the muscles of mastication.

See also

  • Pterygoalar ligament


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 388 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Peuker ET, Fischer G, Filler TJ (July 2001). "Entrapment of the lingual nerve due to an ossified pterygospinous ligament". Clin Anat. 14 (4): 282–4. doi:10.1002/ca.1048. PMID 11424204.
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