Bone, sphenoid
A bone at the base of the skull that is of a most irregular shape. The sphenoid bone consists of a central portion, (the body of the sphenoid) and six processes: two greater wings, two lesser wings and two pterygoid processes. The sphenoid bone articulates (joins) with a number of other bones (the occipital, frontal, ethmoid, and vomer, and with the paired temporal, parietal, zygomatic, palatine and sphenoidal concha bones).

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