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Palate
Illu01 head neck
Head and neck.
Latin palatum
Gray's subject #242 1112
System
MeSH A14.521.658
Palate exhibiting torus palatinus.

The palate (pronounced /ˈpælɨt/) is the roof of the mouth in humans and vertebrate animals. It separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. The palate is divided into two parts, the anterior bony hard palate, and the posterior fleshy soft palate or velum. The maxillary nerve branch of the trigeminal nerve (V) supplies sensory innervation to the palate.

EtymologyEdit

The name is Middle English and is probably derived from the Latin palatum or the Old French palat.

FunctionEdit

When functioning in conjunction with other parts of the mouth the palate produces certain sounds, particularly velar, palatal, palatalized, postalveolar, alveolo-palatal, and uvular consonants.


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