cranial fossa


cranial fossa
cranial fossa n any of the three large depressions in the posterior, middle, and anterior aspects of the floor of the cranial cavity:
a) the posterior one that is the largest and deepest of the three and lodges the cerebrum, pons, and medulla oblongata called also posterior cranial fossa, posterior fossa
b) the middle one that lodges the temporal lobes laterally and the hypothalamus medially called also middle cranial fossa, middle fossa
c) the anterior one that lodges the frontal lobes called also anterior cranial fossa, anterior fossa

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • cranial fossa — noun : one of the three large depressions in the posterior, middle, and anterior aspects of the floor of the cranial cavity which lodge respectively the cerebellum and the temporal and frontal lobes of the two hemispheres of the cerebrum …   Useful english dictionary

  • cranial fossa anterior — f. cranii anterior …   Medical dictionary

  • cranial fossa middle — f. cranii media …   Medical dictionary

  • cranial fossa posterior — f. cranii posterior …   Medical dictionary

  • Posterior cranial fossa — Base of the skull. Upper surface. The Posterior cranial fossa is labeled in green. Latin fossa cranii posterior Gray s …   Wikipedia

  • Middle cranial fossa — Base of the skull. Upper surface. (Middle cranial fossa is the centermost of the three indentations, in pink and yellow.) Latin fossa cranii media Gray s …   Wikipedia

  • Anterior cranial fossa — Base of the skull. Upper surface. (Anterior cranial fossa is the top of the three indentations.) Latin fossa cranii anterior Gray s …   Wikipedia

  • anterior cranial fossa — n CRANIAL FOSSA (c) …   Medical dictionary

  • middle cranial fossa — n CRANIAL FOSSA (b) …   Medical dictionary

  • posterior cranial fossa — n CRANIAL FOSSA (a) …   Medical dictionary


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