Orbital lamina of ethmoid bone

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Orbital lamina of ethmoid bone
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Ethmoid bone from the right side. (Lamina papyracea visible at center left.)
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The seven bones which articulate to form the orbit. (Ethmoid is brown.)
Latin Lamina orbitalis ossis ethmoidalis
Gray's p.155

The lamina papyracea (or orbital lamina) is a smooth, oblong bone plate which forms the lateral surface of the labyrinth of the ethmoid bone in the skull. The plate covers in the middle and posterior ethmoidal cells and forms a large part of the medial wall of the orbit.

It articulates above with the orbital plate of the frontal bone, below with the maxilla and the orbital process of palatine bone, in front with the lacrimal, and behind with the sphenoid.

Its name lamina papyracea is a literal description, as this part of the ethmoid bone is paper-thin and fractures easily. A fracture here could cause entrapment of the medial rectus muscle.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.