Frankfurt horizontal plane

Frankfurt horizontal plane

Etymology: Frankfurt-am-Main (anthropological) Agreement, 1882
(in dentistry) a craniometric surface determined by the inferior borders of the bony orbits and the upper margin of the auditory meatus. It passes through the two orbitales and the two tragions and is commonly used as a reference surface in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.

Frank·furt hor·i·zon·tal plane

(frahngkfurt hōri-zontăl plān)
1. A cephalometric plane that passes through the inferior borders of the bony orbits and the upper margins of the auditory meatus.
2. A reference plane in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.
[Frankfurt-am-Main Agreement, Germany, site of 1884 anatomy convention]
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The AEI was measured on lateral digital skull images as the angle between the best fit line drawn along the posterior wall of the articular eminence and the Frankfurt horizontal plane.
The AEI was measured in relation to the Frankfurt horizontal plane.
Data was collected from lateral cephalometric radiograph taken with the patient's Frankfurt horizontal plane parallel to floor, mandible in centric occlusion and lips at rest.
Control the Frankfurt horizontal plane which runs from the lower left orbit to the upper margin of the external auditory canal (a correct exposure shows a slight smile).

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