Structure and Development

  • The hard palate and soft palate are related structures.
  • The hard palate forms before birth.
  • Incomplete fusion of the palate can lead to a cleft palate.
  • The hard palate develops before birth.


  • The maxillary nerve branch of the trigeminal nerve innervates the palate.
  • The maxillary nerve supplies sensory innervation to the palate.


  • The palate plays a role in producing certain sounds, such as velar, palatal, and uvular consonants.

History and Terminology

  • The English words palate, palatum, and palatine are derived from Latin.
  • The Latin word palatum is of unknown origin and also means palace.
  • Palate can refer to the sense of taste and the flavor of food.
  • This article uses anatomical terminology.
  • The palate is related to language and the vocal tract.
  • Pallet, palette, and pellet are homophonous with palate.
  • Palatability is a related concept.

References and Bibliography

  • Saladin, Kenneth. Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function.
  • Thompson, Gale. World of Anatomy and Physiology: Palate (Hard and Soft Palate).
  • Wingerd, Bruce D. The Human Body Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Goss, Charles Mayo. Gray's Anatomy.
  • Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary: Palate and Palatine.

Palate Mentions

Palate Data Sources

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