palatopharyngeal ridge

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palatopharyngeal ridge

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

pal·a·to·pha·ryn·ge·al ridge

(pală-tō-fă-rinjē-ăl rij)
Prominence on posterior wall of nasopharynx formed by contraction of superior constrictor muscle of pharynx during swallowing. Also called Passavant bar, cushion, pad, and ridge.
Synonym(s): crista palatopharyngea.
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