Infobox Anatomy
Latin = palatum
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Caption = Head and neck.

Caption2 = Palate exhibiting torus palatinus.
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MeshName = Palate
MeshNumber = A14.521.658
DorlandsPre = p_02
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The palate (pronEng|ˈpælɨt) is the roof of the mouth in humans and vertebrate animals. It separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. The palate is divided into two parts, the anterior bony hard palate, and the posterior fleshy soft palate or velum. The maxillary nerve branch of the trigeminal nerve (V) supplies sensory innervation to the palate.


The name is Middle English and is probably derived from the Latin "palatum" or the Old French "palat".


When functioning in conjunction with other parts of the mouth the palate produces certain sounds, particularly velar, palatal, palatalized, postalveolar, alveolo-palatal, and uvular consonants.

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