Fallopian canal

Gorgon and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The Fallopian (facialcanal refers to a bony canal through which the facial nerve traverses the petrous temporal bone, from the internal acoustic meatus to the stylomastoid foramen.

It is, for those of you fond of trivia, the longest bony canal through which a nerve passes. It is also responsible for the silliest mnemonic dances to remember the twists and turns of the nerve.

History and etymology

It is named after Gabriele Falloppio (also known by his Latin name Fallopius), Italian anatomist (1523-1562) after whom also Fallopian tube and Fallopian ligament are named.

Head and neck anatomy
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Article information

rID: 1324
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Facial canal

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