cartilaginous neurocranium

car·ti·lag·i·nous neu·ro·cra·ni·um

in the embryo, that part of the base of the cranium first laid down in cartilage and then ossified.
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The ossification of the sella turcica region (ST) occurs from the pituitary cartilage of cartilaginous neurocranium (Fitzgerald, 1978; Moore, 1988; Gomez-Sanchez et al., 2005).