Foramen ovale (skull)

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On the skull , foramen ovale ( foramen , Latin : "hole") denotes an opening in the area of ​​the temporal bone pyramidal edge for the passage of the mandibular nerve ( lower jaw nerve ), the 3rd main branch of the 5th cranial nerve , trigeminal nerve ( see also sphenoid bone ). In addition, the foramen ovale contains the plexus venosus foraminis ovalis and the arteria pterygomeningea .


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