The galea aponeurotica (epicranial aponeurosis, aponeurosis epicranialis) is a tough layer of dense fibrous tissue which covers the upper part of the cranium; behind, it is attached, in the interval between its union with the Occipitales, to the external occipital protuberance and highest nuchal lines of the occipital bone; in front, it forms a short and narrow prolongation between its union with the Frontales. On either side it gives origin to the Auriculares anterior and superior; in this situation it loses its aponeurotic character, and is continued over the temporal fascia to the zygomatic arch as a layer of laminated areolar tissue. It is closely connected to the integument by the firm, dense, fibro-fatty layer which forms the superficial fascia of the scalp: it is attached to the pericranium by loose cellular tissue, which allows the aponeurosis, carrying with it the integument to move through a considerable distance. [ ]

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Term information

latin term
galea aponeurotica; aponeurosis epicranialis [ ]

latin term
aponeurosis epicranialis [ FMA:TA FMA:46768 ]

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has exact synonym

epicranius aponeurosis
aponeurosis of epicranius
aponeurosis epicranialis
epicranial aponeurosis
galea aponeurotica

has related synonym

galea aponeurosis
epicranial aponeurosis
galeal aponeurosis
cranial aponeurosis
galea aponeurotica; aponeurosis epicranialis