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Chapter 7

Anatomy

TermDefinition
fissure slit between two bones through with nerves or blood vessels pass (e.g. superior orbital fissure of the sphenoid bone)
foramen hole within a bone through which nerves or blood vessels pass (e.g. foramen magnum of the occipital bone)
meatus tubelike passageway within a bone (e.g. auditory meatus of the temporal bone)
sinus cavity within a bone (e.g. frontal sinus)
fossa simple depression or hollowing in or one a bone (e.g. mandibular fossa of the temporal bone)
sulcus groove that may contain a blood vessel, nerve, or tendon (e.g. malleolar sulcus of the tibia)
condyle large, convex protrusion at the end of a bone (e.g. medial or lateral condyles of the femur)
head round protrusion separated from the rest of a bone by a neck (e.g. head of the femur)
facet flat, smooth surface (e.g. facet of a rib)
crest prominent ridge on a bone (e.g. iliac crest of the coxal bone)
epicondyle second protrusion above a condyle (e.g. lateral epicondyles of the femur)
line less prominent ridge on a bone (e.g. linea aspera of the femur)
tubercle small, round protrusion (e.g. greater tubercle of the humerus)
tuberosity large, round, and usually roughened protrusion (e.g. ichial tuberosity of the coxal bone)
trochanter large protrusion (e.g. greater trochanter of the femur)
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