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Superior temporal line

Other Terms: Linea temporalis superior, Ligne temporale supérieure

Description

This is an anteroposterior arching line near the middle of the bone that marks the attachment site of the temporal fascia.

Etymology

The term temporal arises from the Latin tempus meaning time. Early anatomists used time to describe this region because it is typically on the sides of the skull where hair first becomes gray, showing the ravages of time. Line or its Latin equivalent linea denotes a linear ridge of bone.

French

Ligne temporale supérieure

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