Palatopharyngeal arch

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Palatopharyngeal arch
The mouth cavity. The cheeks have been slit transversely and the tongue pulled forward. (Pharyngopalatine arch labeled at upper right.)
Latinarcus palatopharyngeus, arcus pharyngopalatinus
Anatomical terminology

The palatopharyngeal arch (pharyngopalatine arch, posterior pillar of fauces) is larger and projects farther toward the middle line than the palatoglossal arch; it runs downward, lateralward, and backward to the side of the pharynx, and is formed by the projection of the palatopharyngeal muscle, covered by mucous membrane.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1137 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

External links[edit]

  • lesson10 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
  • Anatomy figure: 34:01-04 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • "Anatomy diagram: 05287.011-1". Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2013-04-22.