The maxillary sinus. The largest of the paranasal sinuses occupying the body of the maxilla, communicating with the middle meatus of the nose on the same side.
The sinus was well known to anatomists before Highmore. It had been illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and had been noticed by Giulio Casserio (1561-1616)
- N. Highmore:
Corporis humani disquisitio anatomica; in qua sanguinis circulationem in quavis corporis particula plurimis typis novis ac aenigmatum medicorum succincta dilucidatione ornatam prosecuutus est.
Hagai-Comitis [The Hague], 1651.
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