- Descending palatine artery
Artery: Descending palatine artery Plan of branches of internal maxillary artery. ("Desc. pal." visible in upper right.) Plan of branches of internal maxillary artery. (Artery not labeled, but region is visible.) Latin arteria palatina descendens Gray's subject #144 562 Supplies hard palate, soft palate Source maxillary artery (3rd part) Branches greater palatine artery, lesser palatine arteries
The descending palatine artery is an artery of the head.
It descends through the pterygopalatine canal with the anterior palatine branch of the sphenopalatine ganglion, and, emerging from the greater palatine foramen, runs forward in a groove on the medial side of the alveolar border of the hard palate to the incisive canal; the terminal branch of the artery passes upward through this canal to anastomose with the sphenopalatine artery.
Branches are distributed to the gums, the palatine glands, and the mucous membrane of the roof of the mouth; while in the pterygopalatine canal it gives off twigs which descend in the lesser palatine canals to supply the soft palate and palatine tonsil, anastomosing with the ascending palatine artery.
- Descending+palatine+artery at eMedicine Dictionary
- lesson4 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (infratempfossaart)
- lesson9 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (nasalseptumart)
List of arteries of head and neck (TA A12.2.05–08, GA 6.549) CC1st part / mandibular2nd part / pterygoid3rd part / pterygopalatine
orbital group:anterior ethmoidal (anterior septal, anterior lateral nasal, anterior meningeal) · posterior ethmoidal · lacrimal (lateral palpebral) · medial palpebral · terminal (supraorbital, supratrochlear, dorsal nasal)ocular group: central retinal · ciliary (short posterior, long posterior, anterior) · hypophysial (superior, inferior)
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