Mandibular fossa

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Mandibular fossa
Mandibular fossa - lateral view02.png
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.)
LatinFossa mandibularis
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 anteriorly by the articular tubercle and posteriorly by the tympanic portion of the temporal bone, which separates it from the external acoustic meatus. The fossa is divided into two parts by a narrow slit, the petrotympanic fissure (Glaserian fissure).

It is also referred to as the glenoid fossa in dental literature.[citation needed]

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 140 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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