levator veli palatini

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levator veli palatini

one of the muscles originating from the base of the skull that elevate the palate above neutral position and close the pharyngeal isthmus between the nasopharynx and oropharynx.
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Elevation of the palate, which closes the valve, is accomplished exclusively by contraction of the levator palati muscles, which form a sling-like structure running through the palate and pharynx.
Functional anatomy of tensor palati and levator palati muscles.
Traction on the uvula during its amputation should be avoided because this would result in excessive shortening of the uvula and interruption of the insertions of the levator palati muscles into the muscularis uvula.

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