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Geniculum of facial canal
Latin geniculum canalis nervi facialis
TA A14.2.01.100
FMA 75762
Anatomical terminology

A geniculum is a small genu, or angular knee-like structure. It is often used in anatomical nomenclature to designate a sharp knee-like bend in a small structure or organ. [1] [2]

For example, in the facial canal, the genicular ganglion is situated on the geniculum of the facial nerve, the point where the nerve changes its direction.[3]


  1. ^ "geniculum". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved July 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "geniculum". Retrieved July 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Gray, Henry (1918). "Anatomy of the Human Body".