pterygoid hamulus

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Related to pterygoid hamulus: Scaphoid fossa, Pterygomandibular raphe, Tensor veli palatini

pter·y·goid ham·u·lus

the inferior, hook-shaped extremity of the medial plate of the pterygoid process, which serves as a pulley (trochlea) for the tendon of the tensor veli palati muscle.

pterygoid hamulus

a hooklike projection at the inferior end of each medial plate of the pterygoid process.

pterygoid hamulus

A small bony projection, just medial to the pterygoid process, that serves as an attachment for the tensor veli palatini muscle.
See also: pterygoid


any hook-shaped process.

cochlear hamulus
the hooklike process at the end of the cochlea of the internal ear.
pterygoid hamulus
the ventral extremity of the pterygoid bone around which the tendon of the tensor veli palatini is reflected.