Lesser palatine arteries

The lesser palatine arteries are arteries of the head. It is a branch of the descending palatine artery. They supply the palatine tonsils and the soft palate.

Lesser palatine arteries
Sourcedescending palatine artery
Suppliespalatine tonsils, soft palate
Latinarteriae palatinae minores
Anatomical terminology


The lesser palatine arteries are branches of the descending palatine artery.[1] They go through the lesser palatine foramina.[2] They anastomose with the ascending pharyngeal artery.[2]


The lesser palatine arteries give off tonsillary branches to supply the palatine tonsils.[3] They also gives off mucosal branches that usually supply the soft palate,[2][4] and potentially the hard palate.[5]

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  1. ^ Choi, Jinho; Park, Hyung-Sik (1 January 2003). "The clinical anatomy of the maxillary artery in the pterygopalatine fossa". Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 61 (1): 72–78. doi:10.1053/joms.2003.50012. ISSN 0278-2391.
  2. ^ a b c Miwa, Yoko; Asaumi, Rieko; Kawai, Taisuke; Maeda, Yuuki; Sato, Iwao (1 February 2018). "Morphological observation and CBCT of the bony canal structure of the groove and the location of blood vessels and nerves in the palatine of elderly human cadavers". Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy. 40 (2): 199–206. doi:10.1007/s00276-017-1952-6. ISSN 1279-8517.
  3. ^ "Lesser palatine arteries" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  4. ^ Maistry, T.; Lazarus, L.; Partab, P.; Satyapal, K. S. (2012). "An Anatomical Study of the Arterial Supply to the Soft Palate" (PDF). International Journal of Morphology. 30 (3): 847–857.
  5. ^ Zhang, K. Q. (1 January 1994). "Artery supply of the lip and palate in normal and cleft patients". Chinese Journal of Stomatology. 29 (1): 30–3, 63. ISSN 1002-0098. PMID 7995132.