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Medical Term:

palatopharyngeal ridge


Definition: a prominence on the posterior wall of the nasopharynx formed by contraction of the superior constrictor muscle of the pharynx during swallowing.

Synonym(s): crista palatopharyngeaTA, Passavant bar, Passavant cushion, Passavant pad, Passavant ridge

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