Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 6 On the Eight Bones of the Head and the Sutures Connecting Them

The winglike processes

Besides those processes, the cuneiform bone puts out four others (P, P and 2, 3, 4, 5 in figs. 4, 5) on the outside near the base of the skull, two on each side, sticking out like the wings of bats, whence they are called pterugoeidei=j [processus pterygoideus, lamina lateralis et medialis]. 114 Between the wings, a hollow or cavity [fossa pterygoidea] is seen from which a powerful muscle ([D in the] 6th table of muscles) [m. pterygoideus medialis] originates which disappears in the mouth and draws the lower maxilla upwards. The processes protrude for the sake of this muscle’s origin, so that it may have a suitable beginning, and so that its beginning will be protected by them.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 6 On the Eight Bones of the Head and the Sutures Connecting Them