Trochlear notch

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Trochlear notch
Upper extremity of left ulna. Lateral aspect. (Semilunar notch visible at center top.)
Latin Incisura trochlearis ulnae,
incisura semilunaris ulnae
TA A02.4.06.006
FMA 23619
Anatomical terms of bone

The trochlear notch (also semilunar notch, or greater sigmoid cavity) is a large depression in the upper extremity of the ulna that fits the trochlea of the humerus (the bone directly above the ulna in the arm) as part of the elbow joint. It is formed by the olecranon and the coronoid process.

About the middle of either side of this notch is an indentation, which contracts it somewhat, and indicates the junction of the olecranon and the coronoid process.

The notch is concave from above downward, and divided into a medial and a lateral portion by a smooth ridge running from the summit of the olecranon to the tip of the coronoid process.

The medial portion is the larger, and is slightly concave transversely; the lateral is convex above, slightly concave below.


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

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