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Other Terms: Fossa mandibularis, Fosse mandibulaire
This is the smooth, articular concavity formed on the antero-inferior surface of the squamous temporal bone. It is wider in its transverse length than in its anteroposterior length. This fossa receives the condyle of the mandible. It forms a posterior projection, the post-glenoid tubercle at its posterior margin and is bordered anteriorly by the articular tubercle.
Mandible originally arose from the Latin verb mandere meaning to chew. Fossa comes from the Latin fodere meaning to dig. The Latin fossa, then, literally translates as a ditch, trench, or hole.