Incisive foramen

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Incisive foramen
The bony palate and alveolar arch.
Latin fossa incisiva
Gray's p.162
TA A02.1.00.060
FMA 57737
Anatomical terms of bone

In the human mouth, the incisive foramen, also called anterior palatine foramen, or nasopalatine foramen is a funnel-shaped opening in the bone of the oral hard palate immediately behind the incisor teeth where blood vessels and nerves pass. The incisive foramen is continuous with the incisive canal, this foramen or group of foramina is located behind the central incisor teeth in the incisive fossa of the maxilla.

The incisive foramen receives the nasopalatine nerves from the floor of the nasal cavity along with the sphenopalatine artery supplying the mucous membrane covering the hard palate of the mouth.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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