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Lacrimal hamulus

Other Terms: Hamulus lacrimalis

Description

The inferior end of the posterior lacrimal crest ends in an anteriorly projecting hook. This hook of bone is the lacrimal hamulus. The hamulus terminates anteriorly forming an articulation with the maxilla. It forms the upper part to the lateral wall of the canal for the nasolacrimal duct. This small hook of bone sometimes ossifies independently. When this occurs, it is called the lesser lacrimal bone.

Etymology

From the Latin hamatus meaning hooked or crooked.

Latin

Hamulus lacrimalis

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