Hypophysial fossa

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Bone: Hypophysial fossa
Sphenoid bone. Upper surface. (Fossa hypophyseos visible at center.)
Base of the skull. Upper surface. (Sphenoid bone is yellow, and fossa hypophysseos is visible at center of sphenoid.)
Latin fossa hypophysialis
Gray's subject #35 147
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


In the sphenoid bone, behind the chiasmatic groove is an elevation, the tuberculum sellae; and still more posteriorly, a deep depression, the sella turcica, the deepest part of which lodges the hypophysis cerebri and is known as the fossa hypophyseos (or fossa hypophysialis).

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