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Medical Term:

pterygopalatine ganglion


a small parasympathetic ganglion in the upper part of the pterygopalatine fossa; its secretomotor postsynaptic fibers supply the lacrimal, nasal, palatine, and pharyngeal glands.

Synonym(s): ganglion pterygopalatinumTA, Meckel ganglion, nasal ganglion, sphenopalatine ganglion

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