Descending palatine artery
|Descending palatine artery|
Plan of branches of internal maxillary artery. ("Desc. pal." visible in upper right.)
Plan of branches of internal maxillary artery. (Artery not labeled, but region is visible.)
|Latin||arteria palatina descendens|
|Supplies||hard palate, soft palate|
|maxillary artery (3rd part)|
|greater palatine artery, lesser palatine arteries|
The descending palatine artery is an artery of the head.
It descends through the greater palatine canal with the greater and lesser palatine branches of the pterygopalatine ganglion, and, emerging from the greater palatine foramen, runs forward in a groove on the medial side of the alveolar border of the hard palate to the incisive canal; the terminal branch of the artery passes upward through this canal to anastomose with the sphenopalatine artery.
Branches are distributed to the gums, the palatine glands, and the mucous membrane of the roof of the mouth; while in the pterygopalatine canal it gives off twigs which descend in the lesser palatine canals to supply the soft palate and palatine tonsil, anastomosing with the ascending palatine artery.
- Descending+palatine+artery at eMedicine Dictionary
- lesson4 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (infratempfossaart)
- lesson9 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (nasalseptumart)
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