is a large irregular opening from the posterior cranial fossa that is bounded anteriorly by the petrous part of the temporal bone and posteriorly by the jugular notch of the occipital bone and that transmits the inferior petrosal sinus, the glossopharyngeal, vagus, and accessory nerves, and the internal jugular vein.
It is divided by a fibrous or bony septum, the jugular spine, into:
- the pars nervosa: smaller and anteromedial
- the pars vascularis: larger and posterolateral
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