Levator veli palatini
|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|
|Action:||elevates soft palate|
The levator veli palatini is a muscle of 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 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 it spreads out in the palatine velum, its fibers extending obliquely downward and medialward to the middle line, where they blend with those of the opposite side.
- LUC lvp
- -147521459 at GPnotebook
- levator+veli+palatini+muscle at eMedicine Dictionary
- Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, at Elsevier 25420.000-1
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