Facial bones

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 1 Dec 2021

The facial bones comprise a set of 14 bones that make up the face. Collectively the facial bones are also known as the viscerocranium or splanchnocranium. The facial bones and neurocranium together form the skull 1,2.

A suture is formed where two or more of the bones (except for the mandible) articulate with each other at a fibrous joint.

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