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descending palatine artery


Definition: origin, third part of maxillary; distribution, passes through palatine canal terminating by dividing into greater and lesser palatine arteries, supplies soft palate, gums, and bones and mucous membrane of hard palate, anterior oropharynx; anastomoses, sphenopalatine, ascending palatine, ascending pharyngeal, and tonsillar branches of facial.

Synonym(s): arteria palatina descendensTA

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