Written by Max Bidewell

Last updated January 17, 2023 • 6 Revisions

The palatoglossus is an extrinsic muscle of the tongue. It is also associated with the soft palate – and is therefore innervated by the vagus nerve.

  • Attachments: Arises from the palatine aponeurosis and inserts broadly along the tongue.
  • Function: Elevation of the posterior tongue
  • Innervation: Vagus nerve.
  • Blood supply: Lingual artery with contributions from the tonsillar artery.
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