Sphenoethmoidal recess

The sphenoethmoidal recess is a small space in the nasal cavity into which the sphenoidal sinus and posterior ethmoid sinus open. It lies posterior and superior to the superior concha. The sphenoethmoidal recess drains the posterior ethmoid air cells and sphenoid sinuses into the superior meatus of the nasal cavity.

Sphenoethmoidal recess
Lateral wall of nasal cavity
(sphenoethmoidal recess labeled at top)
LatinRecessus sphenoethmoidalis
Anatomical terminology


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 994 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Anatomy figure: 33:04-04 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The turbinates have been cut and removed to illustrate the meatus and openings into them."

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