Lesser palatine canals

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Lesser palatine canals
Latin canales palatini minores
Anatomical terminology

The lesser palatine canals (also accessory palatine canals) are passages in the palatine bone that carry the lesser and middle palatine nerves and vessels.[1]


The lesser palatine canals start from the greater palatine canal, and run with them, also opening into the roof of the oral cavity. Their openings are known as the lesser palatine foramina, and they transmit the lesser palatine artery, vein, and nerve, as wll as the middle palatine vessels and nerve.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Langdon, John W.; Moxham, Bernard J. Surgical Management of the Infratemporal Fossa. Informa HealthCare. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-899066-79-7.