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Lesser cornu

Other Terms: Cornu minus, Lesser cornu, Lesser horn of hyoid bone, Lesser horn of hyoid, Cornu minus ossis hyoidei, Petite corne

Description

The lesser cornu is the small, horn-like projection from the junction of the greater cornu and body of the hyoid. This small projecting horn is joined to the body with fibrous tissue and forms a synovial joint with the greater cornu. Later in life this joint may ossify.

Etymology

The term cornu is Latin meaning horn. The early anatomists used this term to describe horn-like projection.

Latin

Cornu minus ossis hyoidei

French

Petite corne

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