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one of a pair of ridges or folds of mucous membrane that pass downward from the posterior margin of the soft palate to the lateral wall of the pharynx. It encloses the palatopharyngeus muscle and forms the posterior margin of the tonsillar fossa. It also demarcates the isthmus of fauces from the oropharynx.
The posterior pillar of the fauces; one of two folds of mucous membrane extending from the soft palate to the sides of the pharynx. The palatine tonsil lies in the front of the pharyngopalatine and behind the palatoglossal arch. Synonym: palatopharyngeal arch
See also: arch