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Auricularis anterior

Other Terms: Musculus auricularis anterior, Muscle auriculaire antérieur

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Latin name

Musculus auricularis anterior

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Branchial arch muscle – second arch (Facial muscle)

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the muscle before the ear. The term auricularis is from the Latin auris meaning “ear” combined with the diminutive ending cula meaning “little.” The Latin term anterior is derived from the Latin ante meaning “before.”

Origin

Lateral edge of the epicranial aponeurosis anterior to the pinna

Insertion

Spine of the helix

Action

Draws the auricle anteriorly and superiorly.

Nerve supply

Facial nerve (Cranial nerve VII)

Blood supply

Anterior auricular and zygomatico-orbital branches of the superficial temporal artery

Latin

Musculus auricularis anterior

French

Muscle auriculaire antérieur

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