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LEVATOR PALATI MUSCLE

Origin, apex of petrous portion of temporal bone and lower part of cartilaginous auditory (eustachian) pipe; insertion, aponeurosis of soft palate; action, raises soft palate; through the expansion of its fleshy belly during contraction, it helps to "push" open the auditory pipe; nerve supply, pharyngeal plexus (cranial root of accessory nerve). Synonym: musculus levator veli palatini, elevator muscle of soft palate, levator palati muscle, musculus levator palati, musculus petrostaphylinus.
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