Foramen cecum (tongue)

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Foramen cecum (tongue)
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The entrance to the larynx, viewed from behind.
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The mouth cavity. The cheeks have been slit transversely and the tongue pulled forward. (Foramen cecum is visible but not labeled.)
Latin f. caecum linguae
Gray's subject #242 1125
Precursor pharyngeal arches[1]
Dorlands/Elsevier f_12/12372851

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


The dorsum of the tongue is convex and marked by a median sulcus, which divides it into symmetrical halves; this sulcus ends behind, about 2.5 cm. from the root of the organ, in a depression, the foramen cecum, from which a shallow groove, the sulcus terminalis, runs lateralward and forward on either side to the margin of the tongue.

The foramen cecum is the point of attachment of the thyroglossal duct.

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