Hard palate

The hard palate is the horizontal bony part of the palate that forms the roof of the oral cavity and floor of the nasal cavity. It is formed by the palatine processes of the maxillae and the horizontal plates of the palatine bones. On its inferior ora) surface it is lined my oral mucosa (which contain innumerous palatine glands) and on its superior nasal surface it is lined by respiratory mucosa.

It has several foramina including:

See blood supply of the palate.

See innervation of the palate.

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 53430
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
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