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Incisive foramen

Other Terms: Stenson's foramen, Foramina incisivum


The incisive foramina are small openings from the incisive canals in the incisive fossa. They can range in number from one to four depending on the formation of the incisive canals. They carry greater palatine vessels from oral to nasal cavity and nasopalatine nerves in the opposite direction.


Incisive is a Latin term that means a notch or to cut into. It comes from the Latin prefix in and the verb caedere meaning to cut, therefore meaning to cut into or notch. Foramen is the Latin term designating a hole-like opening. It derives from the Latin forare meaning to bore or perforate.


Foramina incisivum


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