Muscles of the soft palate

Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

There are five paired muscles of the soft palate that are collectively referred to as the muscles of the soft palate or the palatal muscles:

All of them are innervated by the pharyngeal plexus apart from tensor veli palatini which is innervated by the nerve to medial pterygoid (a branch of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve).

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 53301
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Palatal muscles

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