Anatomical hierarchy

General Anatomy > Muscles; Muscular system > Muscles of head > Muscles of tongue > Superior longitudinal muscle



Origin: Close to the epiglottis, from the median fibrous septum

Insertion: Edges of the tongue

Nerve: Dorsal ramus of C1(suboccipital nerve)

The Superior longitudinal muscle (Longitudinalis linguae superior) (Superior lingualis) is a thin stratum of oblique and longitudinal fibers immediately underlying the mucous membrane on the dorsum of the tongue. It arises from the submucous fibrous layer close to the epiglottis and from the median fibrous septum, and runs forward to the edges of the tongue.

This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from


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