Greater palatine foramen
|Greater palatine foramen|
|Permanent teeth of upper dental arch, seen from below. (Greater palatine foramen labeled at lower right.)|
|Base of skull. Inferior surface.|
|Latin||foramen palatinum majus|
|Gray's||subject #46 180|
At either posterior angle of the hard palate is the greater palatine foramen, for the transmission of the descending palatine vessels and anterior palatine nerve; and running forward and medialward from it a groove, for the same vessels and nerve.
The greater palatine foramen (GPF) is related to the upper 3rd molar tooth in most of the skulls (55%), 2nd molar in (12%), between the 2nd & 3rd molar in (19%) and retromolar in (14%). The shape of the foramen is elongated antero-posteriorly; however, an unusually crescent shaped foramen is rare.
- SUNY Labs 22:os-0607
- Greater+palatine+foramen at eMedicine Dictionary
- Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, at Elsevier 05287.011-1
- Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, at Elsevier 34257.000-1
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