Meckel's cartilage in the human embryo and fetus
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2005
Copyright © 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record
Volume 238, Issue 4, pages 491–497, April 1994
How to Cite
Orliaguet, T., Darcha, C., Déchelotte, P. and Vanneuville, G. (1994), Meckel's cartilage in the human embryo and fetus. Anat. Rec., 238: 491–497. doi: 10.1002/ar.1092380408
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 OCT 1993
- Manuscript Received: 19 JUL 1993
- Meckel's cartilage;
- Human embryos;
- Human fetuses
This work studied the development of the ventral part of Meckel's cartilage in a series of human embryos (classified in stages) and fetuses. These stages appeared particularly important: stage 16, appearance of Meckel's cartilage; stage 20, beginning of membranous ossification of mandible; and stage 23, end of the embryonic period (8th week). The primitive bony nodule which develops from the embryonic mesenchyme appears as a double bony layer forming a groove containing the neurovascular bundle, into which the dental lamina is also invaginated. It was concluded that during the fetal period, the cartilage participates in the formation of the body of the mandible in an area close to the mental foramen via endochondral ossification. The cartilage disappears in parallel with the development of ossification by the sixth month. © 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc.