Definition of sella in English:


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

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

  • A depression in the sphenoid bone, containing the pituitary gland.
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    • 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).


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

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