Lesser palatine nerve

The lesser palatine nerve (posterior palatine nerve) is one of two palatine nerves that descends through the greater palatine canal, and emerges by the lesser palatine foramen. It is a branch of the maxillary nerve (CN V2) It also has nasal branches that innervate the nasal cavity.

Lesser palatine nerve
The sphenopalatine ganglion and its branches. (Posterior palatine at bottom right.)
Frompterygopalatine ganglion
Latinnervi palatini minores
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

It supplies the soft palate, tonsil, and uvula.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 893 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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