temporal fossa

temporal fossa n a broad fossa on the side of the skull of higher vertebrates behind the orbit that contains muscles for raising the lower jaw and that in humans is occupied by the temporalis muscle, is separated from the orbit by the zygomatic bone, is bounded laterally by the zygomatic arch, and lies above the infratemporal crest of the greater wing of the sphenoid bone

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fossa temporalis [TA] the area on the side of the cranium outlined posteriorly and superiorly by the temporal lines, anteriorly by the frontal and zygomatic bones, laterally by the zygomatic arch, and inferiorly by the infratemporal crest.

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  • Temporal fossa — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = fossa temporalis GraySubject = 46 GrayPage = 183 Caption = The temporal fossa is clearly visible in this picture Caption2 = Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = Lymph = MeshName = MeshNumber =… …   Wikipedia

  • temporal fossa — noun Etymology: temporal (IV) : one of the broad fossae on the sides of the skull of higher vertebrates behind the orbit lodging muscles for raising the lower jaw that in man is separated from the orbit by the zygomatic bone and greater wing of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • temporal line — n either of two nearly parallel ridges or lines on each side of the skull that begin as a single ridge on the temporal bone, run upward and backward from the zygomatic process above the temporal fossa, divide into upper and lower lines, and… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fossa — Fos sa, n.; pl. {Foss[AE]}. [L., a ditch. See {Fosse}.] (Anat.) A pit, groove, cavity, or depression, of greater or less depth; as, the temporal fossa on the side of the skull; the nasal foss[ae] containing the nostrils in most birds. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fossa — A depression usually more or less longitudinal in shape below the level of the surface of a part. [L. a trench or ditch] acetabular f. [TA] a depressed area in the floor of the acetabulum superior to the …   Medical dictionary

  • temporal muscle — noun muscle extending from the temporal fossa to the coronoid process of the mandible; acts to raise the mandible and close the jaws • Syn: ↑temporalis muscle, ↑temporalis, ↑musculus temporalis • Hypernyms: ↑skeletal muscle, ↑striated muscle * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Temporal process of the zygomatic bone — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = facies temporalis ossis zygomatici GraySubject = 50 GrayPage = 164 Caption = Left zygomatic bone. Temporal surface. Caption2 = Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = Lymph = MeshName = MeshNumber =… …   Wikipedia

  • Temporal line — Infobox Bone Name = Temporal line Latin = linea temporalis GraySubject = 32 GrayPage = 134 Caption = Left parietal bone. Outer surface. Caption2 = Side view of the skull. (Temporal lines are slightly above tip of arrow.) System = Precursor =… …   Wikipedia

  • Fossa — is the Latin word for ditch or trench . It can refer to one of the following:AnatomyIn anatomical terminology, fossa has come to mean a depression or hollow, in general, in a bone. Other parts of the body may be involved, for example, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Temporal bone — Bone: Temporal bone Cranial bones …   Wikipedia

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