stylohyoid muscle

noun

Medical Definition of stylohyoid muscle

: a slender muscle that arises from the posterior surface of the styloid process of the temporal bone, inserts into the body of the hyoid bone, and acts to elevate and retract the hyoid bone resulting in elongation of the floor of the mouth

called also stylohyoid, stylohyoideus

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“Stylohyoid muscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/stylohyoid%20muscle. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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