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Medical Term:

transverse palatine fold


Definition: a masticatory vestige on the hard palate; one of several irregular, sometimes branching, crests of soft tissue that radiate from the region of the incisive papillae at their most anterior parts and extend a slight distance backward, crossing the hard palate and reaching laterally for variable distances.

Synonym(s): plica palatina transversaTA, ruga palatina, transverse palatine ridge

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