Medical Definition of Bones of the head
Bones of the head: There are 29 bones in the human head. They consist of 8 cranial bones, 14 facial bones, the hyoid bone, and 6 auditory (ear) bones.
- The 8 cranial bones are the frontal, 2 parietal, occipital, 2 temporal, sphenoid, and ethmoid bones.
- The 14 facial bones are the 2 maxilla, mandible, 2 zygoma, 2 lacrimal, 2 nasal, 2 turbinate, vomer and 2 palate bones.
- The hyoid bone is horseshoe-shaped bone at the base of the tongue.
- The 6 auditory ossicles (little bones) are the malleus, incus and stapes in each ear.
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