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sella

Syllabification: sel·la
Pronunciation: /ˈselə
 
/
(in full sella turcica /ˈtərkikə, -sikə/)

Definition of sella in English:

noun (plural sellae /ˈselē, -lī/ or sellae turcicae /ˈselē ˈtərsiˌkē, ˈselī ˈtərkiˌkī/)

Anatomy
A depression in the sphenoid bone, containing the pituitary gland.
Example sentences
  • The basisphenoid bears a deep, central depression at this point called the sella turcica or pituitary fossa.
  • The superior part of the dorsum sellae may be a separate bone or it may be joined to the petrous portion of the temporal bone.
  • Behind the dorsum sellae is a shallow depression, the clivus, which slopes obliquely backward, and is continuous with the groove on the basioccipital (basilar portion of the occipital bone).

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin, 'saddle', (in full) 'Turkish saddle'.

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