palatine process


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pal·a·tine pro·cess

(pal'ă-tīn pros'es)
In the embryo, medially directed shelves from the oral surface of the maxillae; they develop into the secondary palate after midline fusion.

palatine process

A process extending transversely from the medial surface of the maxilla. With the corresponding process from the other side, it forms the major portion of the hard palate.
See also: process