Levator veli palatini

Muscle infobox
Name = Levator veli palatini
Latin = musculus levator veli palatini
GraySubject = 243
GrayPage = 1139


Caption = Dissection of the muscles of the palate from behind. (Caption for Levator veli palatini visible at right, second from the top.)



Caption2 = External and middle ear, opened from the front. Right side. (Levator veli palatini visible at bottom right.)
Origin = temporal bone, Eustachian tube
Insertion = palatine aponeurosis
Action = elevates soft palate
Blood = facial artery
Nerve = Vagus (CN X)
DorlandsPre = m_22
DorlandsSuf = 12549638
The levator veli palatini is the elevator muscle of the velum palatinum in the human body. During swallowing, it contracts, elevating the soft palate to help prevent food from entering the nasopharynx. It is innervated via the pharyngeal plexus, primarily by the vagus nerve (CN X).

The Levator veli palatini (Levator palati) is a thick, rounded muscle situated lateral to the choanæ.

It arises from the under surface of the apex of the petrous part of the temporal bone and from the medial lamina of the cartilage of the auditory tube.

After passing above the upper concave margin of the Constrictor pharyngis superior it spreads out in the palatine velum, its fibers extending obliquely downward and medialward to the middle line, where they blend with those of the opposite side.


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