digastric muscle

noun

Medical Definition of digastric muscle

: either of a pair of muscles having two bellies separated by a median tendon that extend from the anterior inferior margin of the mandible to the temporal bone and serve to depress the lower jaw and raise the hyoid bone especially during swallowing

called also digastric

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“Digastric muscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/digastric%20muscle. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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