sphenoid sinus

Pronunciation: (SFEE-noyd SY-nus)

A type of paranasal sinus (a hollow space in the bones around the nose). There are two large sphenoid sinuses in the sphenoid bone, which is behind the nose between the eyes. The sphenoid sinuses are lined with cells that make mucus to keep the nose from drying out.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the paranasal sinuses (spaces between the bones around the nose).

2008-01-09 Date last modified: 2012-04-30