mandibular fossa


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mandibular fossa

[man′dib·yə·lər ′fäs·ə]
(anatomy)
The depression in the temporal bone that articulates with the mandibular condyle.
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Additionally, arrows show erosion of the mandibular fossa roof as well as auricular tubercle.
Hence, in the study fetuses, the internal surface of the articular capsule is lined by a synovial that coats the intra-articular structures, except for the articular cartilage present in the articular tubercle, the roof of the mandibular fossa and the mandibular condyle.
Seating the patient on the floor allows the examiner to apply adequate force to the posterior molars to bring the mandible downward and then posteriorly into the mandibular fossa. This maneuver is facilitated by asking the patient to yawn as the examiner gradually exerts downward pressure (Figure 3).(11) The examiner's hands should be protected with gloves and gauze as a shield against inadvertent biting by the patient when the reduction is accomplished.
CT scan and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed an extensive soft-tissue lesion extending to the mandibular fossa with near-total destruction of the temporal bone has shown in Figure 1 and 2.
Reference line 1 was traced tangentially to the lowest posterior and anterior extremities of the mandibular fossa. Reference line segment 2 was then traced on a segment of line 1 overlapping the condylar process, and its value was recorded.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is formed by the condylar process of the mandible, the mandibular fossa and the articular tubercle of the temporal bone (Tortora & Derrickson, 2009).
It articulates with the mandibular fossa of the temporal bone, forming part of the mandibular joint or temporomandibular joint (Segen, 2012).