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Coronoid process of the mandible

Other Terms: Processus coronoideus, Coronoid process, Processus coronoideus ulnae, Processus coronoïde

Description

This is the variable shaped beak-like projection at the anterosuperior aspect of the ramus. The anterior border is convex and continuous with that of the ramus. Posterior to the apex the border is slightly concave and contributes to the mandibular notch. The entire border of this process, along with the medial surface, provides attachment for the temporalis muscle.

Etymology

Coronoid comes from the Greek korax for raven or crow. This is a projection of bone that resembled a crow. The term process is Latin meaning to move forward. It denotes a projection of bone.

Latin

Processus coronoideus ulnae

French

Processus coronoïde

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