salpingopharyngeus muscle

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sal·pin·go·phar·yn·ge·us mus·cle

(sal-ping'gō-făr-in'jē-ŭs mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, medial lamina of cartilaginous part of auditory tube; insertion, longitudinal muscular layer of pharynx in association with musculus palatopharyngeus; action, assists in elevating pharynx and, according to some, assists in opening the auditory tube during swallowing; nerve supply, pharyngeal plexus.
Synonym(s): musculus salpingopharyngeus [TA] .
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During swallowing, constriction of the tensor veli palatini tenses the soft palate and constriction of the levator veli palatini elevates the soft palate, opening the Eustachian tube orifice along with the tensor tympani and the salpingopharyngeus muscles. The superior attachment of salpingopharyngeus muscle is to the cartilage of the Eustachian tube.