Mandibular fossa

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Mandibular fossa
Left temporal bone. Outer surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at left, third from the top.)
Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at center left. Temporal bone is pink.)
Latin Fossa mandibularis
Gray's p.140
TA A02.1.06.071
FMA 75313
Anatomical terms of bone

The mandibular fossa is the depression in the temporal bone that articulates with the mandible. In the temporal bone, the mandibular fossa is bounded, in front, by the articular tubercle; behind, by the tympanic part of the temporal bone, which separates it from the external acoustic meatus; it is divided into two parts by a narrow slit, the petrotympanic fissure (Glaserian fissure). The mandibular fossa is also referred to as the glenoid fossa, especially in dental literature.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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