Description

The internal acoustic opening is a large orifice near the center of posterior surface of petrous part, its size varies considerably; its margins are smooth and rounded, and it leads into a short canal, the internal acoustic meatus, about 1 cm. in length, which runs lateralward. It transmits the facial and acoustic nerves and the internal auditory branch of the basilar artery.


This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from http://www.bartleby.com/107/).

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