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viscerocranium (vis´er-o-kra´ne-um)

That part of the skull derived from the embryonic pharyngeal arches; it comprises the facial bones of the facial skeleton (under bone) and is distinct from that part of the skull which forms the neurocranium or braincase.cranium viscerale, visceral cranium, jaw skeleton, splanchnocranium; [viscero- + cranium]
cartilaginous v. those elements of the fetal skull derived from the second and succeeding pharyngeal arch cartilages.
membranous v. membranous bones, developed in the fetal skull, that overlie maxillary and mandibular components of the first pharyngeal arch cartilage.


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