Posterior clinoid processes
|Posterior clinoid processes|
Sphenoid bone. Upper surface. (Posterior clinoid process labeled at upper left.)
|Latin||Processus clinoideus posterior|
|Anatomical terms of bone|
In the sphenoid bone, the anterior boundary of the sella turcica is completed by two small eminences, one on either side, called the anterior clinoid processes, while the posterior boundary is formed by a square-shaped plate of bone, the dorsum sellæ, ending at its superior angles in two tubercles, the posterior clinoid processes, the size and form of which vary considerably in different individuals. The posterior clinoid processes deepen the sella turcica, and give attachment to the tentorium cerebelli.
Clinoid likely comes from the Greek root klinein or the Latin clinare, both meaning "sloped" as in "inclined."
- Anatomy diagram: 34257.000-2 at Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, Elsevier
- Anatomy figure: 22:5b-06 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
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