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Transversus menti

Other Terms: Transverse menti, Musculus transversus menti, Muscle transverse du menton

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus transversus menti

Latin muscle parts

None

Group

Branchial arch muscle – second arch (Facial muscle)

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the crosswise muscle of the chin. The Latin term transversus means “crosswise” and comes from Latin trans meaning “across, beyond, or through” and the Latin verb vertere meaning “to turn.” Menti comes from the Latin word mentum meaning “chin.”

Origin

Interdigitates with opposite muscle inferior to the mental tubercle of the mandible

Insertion

Blends with fibers of the depressor anguli oris near the bottom margin of the mandible

Action

Assist with pulling the lower lip downward and help to tighten the skin over the chin.

Nerve supply

Facial nerve (Cranial nerve VII)

Blood supply

Submental branch of the facial artery.

Latin

Musculus transversus menti

French

Muscle transverse du menton

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