pterygoid plate

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Related to Pterygoid processes of the sphenoid: pterygoid bone, Pterygoid plate, Pterygoid fossa, Greater wing of the sphenoid bone

pterygoid plate

Either of a pair of thin, bony processes that arise from the sphenoid bone. They are termed medial and lateral pterygoid plates on each side, serve to bound the infratemporal fossa, and give origin to muscles of mastication.
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