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Chondroglossus

Other Terms: Chondroglossal muscle, Musculus chondroglossus, Muscle chondro-glosse

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus chondroglossus

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Head somite muscle – occipital group (Tongue muscle)

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name means the cartilage muscle of the tongue. The term chondroglossus takes its origin from the Greek term chondros meaning “cartilage,” a term also used by the ancients to describe porridge, apparently from its resemblance to cartilage and the Greek word glossa meaning “the tongue.”

Origin

Lesser cornu of the hyoid bone.

Insertion

Blends with the intrinsic muscles of the tongue on the lateral aspect where it passes between the hyoglossus and genioglossus muscles.

Action

Assists the hyoglossus in depressing the tongue.

Nerve supply

Hypoglossal nerve (Cranial nerve XII)

Blood supply

Dorsal lingual arteries arising from the second part of the lingual artery, which arises from the external carotid artery,

Latin

Musculus chondroglossus

French

Muscle chondro-glosse

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