pterygoid

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pterygoid

 [ter´ĭ-goid]
shaped like a wing.

pter·y·goid

(ter'i-goyd),
Wing-shaped; resembling a wing; a term applied to various anatomic parts relating to the sphenoid bone.
[G. pteryx (pteryg-), wing, + eidos, resemblance]

pterygoid

/pter·y·goid/ (ter´ĭ-goid) shaped like a wing.

pterygoid

(tĕr′ĭ-goid′)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or located in the region of the sphenoid bone: a pterygoid muscle.
2. Resembling a wing; winglike.
n.
Either of two processes descending from the body of the sphenoid bone.

pterygoid

[ter′igoid]
Etymology: Gk, pteryx, wing, eidos, form
pertaining to a winglike structure.

pterygoid

(1) adjective Wing-shaped.  
(2) Lateral or medial pterygoid muscle.
(3) Lateral or medial pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone.
(4) A nerve that arises in the trunk of the mandibular nerve and gives rise to the nerve to the tensor tympani and to the tensor veli palatini.

pter·y·goid

(ter'i-goyd)
Wing-shaped; resembling a wing; a term applied to various anatomic parts relating to the sphenoid bone.
[G. pteryx (pteryg-), wing, + eidos, resemblance]

pterygoid

1. Wing-shaped.
2. Pertaining to two processes attached like wings to the body of the SPHENOID bone in the skull.

pterygoid

shaped like a wing.

pterygoid bone
see pterygoid bone. See also Table 10.
pterygoid process
see pterygoid process.
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Many studies have indicated that JNA originates in the pterygopalatine fossa at the aperture of the pterygoid canal.
The mouth is held closed by the action of the medial pterygoids, masseter, and temporalis muscles.