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Pharyngeal tubercle

Other Terms: Tuberculum pharyngeum, Tubercule pharyngien

Description

This small bump, situated on the inferior surface of the basi-occipital just anterior to the foramen magnum, is the attachment site for the fibrous raphe of the pharyngeal constrictor.

Etymology

In the second century Galen described the common opening of the esophagus and trachea as the pharynx. This is derived from the Greek pharangos meaning a cleft, gulley, or ravine. Here it combines with the Latin tuber meaning a lump and the diminutive suffix -cle denoting a small lump.

Latin

Tuberculum pharyngeum

French

Tubercule pharyngien

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