tensor veli palati muscle

(redirected from musculus tensor veli palatini)

ten·sor ve·li pa·la·ti mus·cle

(ten'sōr vē'lī pa-lā'tī mŭs'ĕl)
Tensor muscle of soft palate, musculus tensor palati; musculus palatosalpingeus; musculus sphenosalpingostaphylinus; dilatator tubae; origin, scaphoid fossa of sphenoid, cartilaginous and membranous part of auditory (eustachian) tube and spine of sphenoid; insertion, posterior border of hard palate and aponeurosis of soft palate; action, tenses the soft palate; contributes to opening of auditory tube; nerve supply, branches of trigeminal nerve through the otic ganglion.
Synonym(s): musculus tensor veli palatini [TA] , tensor muscle of soft palate.
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