Lesser palatine nerve

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Lesser palatine nerve
The sphenopalatine ganglion and its branches. (Posterior palatine at bottom right.)
From pterygopalatine ganglion
Latin nervi palatini minores
TA A14.2.01.047
FMA 52805
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The lesser palatine nerve (posterior palatine nerve) is one of two palatine nerves that descends through the greater palatine canal, and emerges by the lesser palatine foramen. It is a branch of the maxillary nerve (CN V2) It also has nasal branches that innervate the nasal cavity.

It supplies the soft palate, tonsil, and uvula.


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

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