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The palatine bone discussed with its anatomical relationships

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The paired palatine bones are often overlooked in understanding the relationships of important anatomical spaces of the head. Discuss the manner in which each palatine bone contributes to the formation of the oral cavity, orbit, nasal cavity, and pterygopalatine fossa.

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The paired palatine bones are typically regarded as part of the hard palate of the oral cavity. While this is true, each palatine bone also contributes to the bony borders of other spaces, such as the orbit, nasal cavity, and pterygopalatine fossa. The key to understanding the communications and relationships of these spaces is to understand the anatomy of the palatine bone.

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This solution discusses the palatine bone with respect to the oral cavity, nasal cavity, orbit, and pterygopalatine fossa. The palatine bone is often overlooked in anatomy courses. Understanding its anatomical features will promote deeper learning of the anatomy of the head.