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Fovea of head


Description

The fovea is a shallow depression in the center of the articular surface of the head not covered by articular cartilage. The articular capsule folds along the edge of this pit. Connective tissue within the fold serves as a ligament for the head of the femur. Vessels supplying the head also traverse this ligamentous fold.

Etymology

Fovea is Latin meaning a small pit or depression from the verb fodere meaning to dig.

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