Dorsal lingual branches of lingual artery

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Artery: Dorsal lingual branches of lingual artery
Veins of the tongue. The hypoglossal nerve has been displaced downward in this preparation.
Latin rami dorsales linguae arteriae lingualis
Gray's p.553
Source lingual artery
Vein dorsal lingual veins

The dorsal lingual branches of lingual artery consist usually of two or three small branches which arise beneath the Hyoglossus.

They ascend to the back part of the dorsum of the tongue, and supply the mucous membrane in this situation, the glossopalatine arch, the tonsil, soft palate, and epiglottis; anastomosing with the vessels of the opposite side.

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.