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Anatomy of Tongue, Lips, Cheek and Palate

Brett December 12, 2019

Anatomy of the Tongue, Lips, Cheek and Palate


Tongue (LIN):

Fleshy muscular organ in the mouth used for tasting, licking, swallowing, articulating and thermoregulation; use


for tongue resection

Lip/cheek (LIP):

Fleshy parts that form the upper and lower edges of the opening of the mouth/side of the face below the eye; use


for lip/cheek resection

Hard palate:

The part of the palate supported by bone.
The midline of the hard palate is not a symphysis but is formed by the interincisive suture, the median palatine suture of the palatine processes of the maxillary bones, and the median suture of the palatine bones.
References: Anonymous. Nomina anatomica veterinaria. 4th ed. Zurich and Ithaca: World Association of Veterinary Anatomists, 1994. Evans HE. Miller’s anatomy of the dog. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co, 1993.

Palatine rugae:

Transverse ridges of mucosa on the hard palate

Incisive papilla:

Elevation of mucosa at the rostral end of the median line of junction of the halves of the palate, concealing the orifices of the incisive ducts

Soft palate:

The caudal part of the palate that is not supported by bone