Hard palate

The hard palate is the anterior horizontal bony part of the palate that forms the roof of the oral cavity and floor of the nasal cavity. Most of the hard palate is formed by the palatine processes of the maxillae, the horizontal plates of the palatine bones complete it posteriorly. On its inferior oral surface it is lined by oral mucosa (containing innumerable palatine glands) and on its superior nasal surface it is lined by respiratory mucosa.

It has several foramina including:

See blood supply of the palate.

See venous drainage of the palate.

See innervation of the palate.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Article information

rID: 53430
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bony palate

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: hard palate
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