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Mandibular Fossa


The mandibular fossa is the cavity in the temporal bone that enables interaction with the mandibular condyle. The mandibular fossa of the temporal bone borders with articular tubercle in the front and is separated from the external acoustic meatus by the tympanic part of the bone on the backside.

The glenoid fossa blastema, which arises from the otic capsule, undergoes intramembranous ossification. Dislocation of the mandibular condyle from the mandibular fossa (mimicking the absence of the condyle) results in the arrested development of the fossa, This suggest that normal fossa development depends on normal condyle development.
Glenoid Fossa, Articular Fossa
Temporomandibular Joint
Mandibular Fossa
Multiple Ancestors Single Ancestor No Descendants Develops from Part of Parent