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3D - Intrinsic ear muscles

Helicis major

Helicis major


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Other Terms:
Musculus helicis major, Grand muscle de l'hélix

Muscle parts
Latin name
Musculus helicis major
Latin muscle parts
Branchial arch muscle – second arch (Auricular muscle)
The English name for this muscle is the greater muscle of the coil. Helicis comes from the Greek word helix meaning a “coil” and in this use designates the coil-like, rounded convex margin of the pinna (ear). The term major comes from the Latin maior meaning “greater.” As is typical in anatomical terminology, this comparative reference clues you into the fact that this is a larger version of a similar shaped smaller muscle.
Spine of the helix of the external ear.
Anterior border of the helix of the external ear.
Adjusts the shape of the auricle by depressing the anterior margin of the ear cartilage. While this is a potential action in some individuals, in the majority of individuals the muscle modifies auricular shape to a minimal degree.
Nerve supply
Facial nerve (Cranial nerve VII)
Blood supply
Auricular branches of the posterior auricular and occipital arteries.
Musculus helicis major
Grand muscle de l'hélix

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