Mental protuberance

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Mental protuberance
Mandible. Outer surface. Side view. (Mental protuberance labeled at bottom left.)
Side view of the skull. (Mental protuberance visible but not labeled.)
Latin protuberantia mentalis
Gray's p.172

The symphysis of the external surface of the mandible divides below and encloses a triangular eminence, the mental protuberance, the base of which is depressed in the center but raised on either side to form the mental tubercle. The size and shape of the bones making up this structure are responsible for the size and shape of a person's chin.


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