Greater palatine foramen

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Greater palatine foramen
Foramen palatinum majus.png
Permanent teeth of upper dental arch, seen from below. (Greater palatine foramen labeled at lower right.)
Base of skull. Inferior surface.
Latin foramen palatinum majus
Gray's p.180
TA A02.1.00.058
FMA 53173
Anatomical terminology

At either posterior angle of the hard palate is the greater palatine foramen, for the transmission of the descending palatine vessels and greater palatine nerve; and running anteriorly (forward) and medially (towards the center-line) from it is a groove, for the same vessels and nerve.


Greater palatine foramen

The greater palatine foramen (GPF) is related to the upper 3rd molar tooth in most of the skulls (55%), 2nd molar in (12%), between the 2nd & 3rd molar in (19%) and retromolar in (14%). The shape of the foramen is elongated antero-posteriorly; however, an unusually crescent shaped foramen is rare.[1]

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