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Velopharyngeal Sphincter MeSH Descriptor Data 2023


MeSH Heading
Velopharyngeal Sphincter
Tree Number(s)
A02.633.567.800.680
A04.623.617.680
A14.724.617.680
Unique ID
D055158
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D055158
Scope Note
A group of muscles attached to the SOFT PALATE (or velum) and the PHARYNX. They include the superior constrictor, the PALATOPHARYNGEUS, the levator veli palatini muscle, and the muscularis uvulae. This sphincter is situated between the oral and nasal cavities. A competent velopharyngeal sphincter is essential for normal speech and swallowing.
Entry Term(s)
Palatopharyngeal Sphincter
Previous Indexing
Palate, Soft (1978-2008)
Pharynx (1977-2008)
Public MeSH Note
2009
History Note
2009
Date Established
2009/01/01
Date of Entry
2008/07/08
Velopharyngeal Sphincter Preferred
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