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Squamous suture

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The squamous suture is a paired bilateral cranial suture that connects the temporal and parietal bones. More specifically, it binds the squama of the temporal bone and with the inferior margin of the parietal bone. 

The squamous suture is one of the most prominent sutures seen on the lateral view of the skull. It extends from the pterion (i.e. the junction of the sphenoid bone, temporal bone, frontal bone and parietal bone), to the parietomastoid suture. 

Along with the lambdoid suture, the squamous suture obliterates last, and it may not completely close until the age of 60.

Terminology English: Squamous suture
Latin: Sutura squamosa
Synonym: Squamosal suture, parietotemporal suture
Location Between the squama of temporal bone and inferior margin of parietal bone

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