Pterygoid hamulus

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Pterygoid hamulus
Sphenoid bone. Anterior and inferior surfaces. (Hamulus labeled at bottom left.)
Sagittal section of skull. (Sphenoid is in yellow, and pterygoid hamulus labeled at bottom center.)
Latin hamulus pterygoideus
Gray's p.151
Anatomical terms of bone

The medial pterygoid plate of the sphenoid curves laterally at its lower extremity into a hook-like process, the pterygoid hamulus, around which the tendon of the Tensor veli palatini glides. It is the superior origin of the pterygomandibular raphe.

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