The mandibular fossa is the depression in the temporal bone that articulates with the mandible. In the temporal bone, the mandibular fossa is bounded anteriorly by the articular tubercle and posteriorly by the tympanic portion of the temporal bone, which separates it from the external acoustic meatus. The fossa is divided into two parts by a narrow slit, the petrotympanic fissure (Glaserian fissure).
Left temporal bone. Outer surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at left, third from the top.)
Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Mandibular fossa labeled at center left. Temporal bone is pink.)
|Anatomical terms of bone|
It is also referred to as the glenoid fossa in dental literature.
- Anatomy figure: 22:4b-07 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Anatomy photo:27:st-0311 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center