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|Levator veli palatini|
|Dissection of the muscles of the palate from behind. (Caption for Levator veli palatini visible at right, second from the top.)|
|External and middle ear, opened from the front. Right side. (Levator veli palatini visible at bottom right.)|
|Latin||musculus levator veli palatini|
|Gray's||subject #243 1139|
|Origin:||temporal bone, Eustachian tube|
|Nerve:||Pharyngeal Branch of Vagus (CN X)|
|Action:||elevates soft palate|
The levator veli palatini is the elevator muscle of the soft palate in the human body. During swallowing, it contracts, elevating the soft palate to help prevent food from entering the nasopharynx. It is innervated via the pharyngeal plexus, primarily by the pharyngeal branch of the vagus nerve (CN X).
The levator veli palatini (Levator palati) is a thick, rounded muscle situated lateral to the choanæ.
After passing above the upper concave margin of the Constrictor pharyngis superior muscle it spreads out in the palatine velum, its fibers extending obliquely downward and medially to the middle line, where they blend with those of the opposite side.
- LUC lvp
- GPnotebook -147521459
- Dictionary at eMedicine levator+veli+palatini+muscle
- Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, at Elsevier 25420.000-1
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