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Vertical linguae muscle

Other Terms: Vertical muscle of tongue, Vertical linguae muscle, Right vertical lingual muscle

Muscle parts

None

Latin name

Musculus verticalis linguae

Latin muscle parts

None

Group

Head somite muscle – occipital group (Tongue muscle)

Etymology

The English name for this muscle is the muscle of the tongue that is perpendicular to the horizon. The word linguae comes from the Latin lingua meaning “tongue.” The word verticalis is Latin for “overhead,” which comes from the Latin vertex meaning the “highest point.” It has come to mean a plane in this orientation or perpendicular to the horizon.

Origin

Submucosa on the dorsal anterior surface of the tongue

Insertion

Submucosa on the ventral anterior surface of the tongue

Action

Flatten the tongue and make it wider.

Nerve supply

Hypoglossal nerve (Cranial nerve XII)

Blood supply

Lingual artery from the external carotid artery,

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