Muscles of palate marked in the diagram. Identify the muscle supplied by the mandibular nerve ?
Answer A) A -Tensor veli Palatini
The five muscles of the soft palate play important roles in swallowing and breathing.
The muscles are:
Tensor veli palatini, which is involved in swallowing
Palatoglossus, involved in swallowing
Palatopharyngeus, involved in breathing
Levator veli palatini, involved in swallowing
Musculus uvulae, which moves the uvula
- These muscles are innervated by the pharyngeal plexus via the vagus nerve, with the exception of the tensor veli palatini.
- The tensor veli palatini is innervated by the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve (V3)