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Encyclopedia > Stylomandibular ligament
Ligament: Stylomandibular ligament
Articulation of the mandible. Medial aspect.
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Latin ligamentum stylomandibulare
Gray's subject #75
MeSH [1]

The stylomandibular ligament is a specialized band of the cervical fascia, which extends from near the apex of the styloid process of the temporal bone to the angle and posterior border of the ramus of the mandible, between the Masseter and Pterygoideus internus. Image File history File links Gray310. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is a huge controlled vocabulary (or metadata system) for the purpose of indexing journal articles and books in the life sciences. ... In anatomy, the styloid process is any sharp protrusion of a bone. ... The temporal bones (os temporales) are situated at the sides and base of the skull. ... Petrus Ramus. ... The mandible (inferior maxillary bone) (together with the maxilla) is the largest and strongest bone of the face. ... In human anatomy, the masseter is one of the muscles of mastication. ... The medial pterygoid, or Pterygoideus internus (Internal pterygoid muscle), is a muscle of mastication with two heads. ...


This ligament separates the parotid from the submaxillary gland, and from its deep surface some fibers of the Styloglossus take origin. The parotid gland is the largest of the salivary glands. ... The Styloglossus, the shortest and smallest of the three styloid muscles, arises from the anterior and lateral surfaces of the styloid process, near its apex, and from the stylomandibular ligament. ...


Although classed among the ligaments of the temporomandibular joint, it can only be considered as accessory to it. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a diarthrosis joint that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone at the side of a skull. ...


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This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant. The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a major public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Henry Grays Anatomy of the Human Body, commonly known as Grays Anatomy, is an anatomy textbook widely regarded as a classic work on human anatomy. ...


 
 

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