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Which muscles make up the pterygomandibular raphe:

 # Which muscles make up the pterygomandibular raphe?
A. Masseter anteriorly and palatopharyngeus posteriorly
B. Masseter anteriorly and middle pterygoid posteriorly
C. Buccinator anteriorly and superior constrictor posteriorly
D. Buccinator anteriorly and middle constrictor posteriorly



The correct answer is C. Buccinator anteriorly and superior constrictor posteriorly.

The pterygomandibular raphe is made up of interlacing tendinous fibres. It is attached above to the pterygoid hamulus (at the lower end of the medial pterygoid plate) and below to the posterior end of the mylohyoid line of the mandible. The raphe gives attachment anteriorly to fibres of the buccinator, and posteriorly to fibres of the superior constrictor of the pharynx. 

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