Occipitohyoid muscle - Musculus occipitohyoideus

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General terms > Myology > Muscles of the neck > Hyoid muscle > Occipitohyoid muscle



The occipitohyoid muscle (or jugulohyoid or jugulustyloid muscle) is a small rectangular muscle that extends from the paracondylar process of the occipital bone to the cartilaginous tympanohyoid and proximal end of the stylohyoid.

Origin: paracondylar process of the occipital bone

Insertion: stylohyoid

Action: move the stylohyoid bone caudally

Nerve: facial nerve

Text by Antoine Micheau, MD - Copyright IMAIOS
Miller's Anatomy of the Dog, 4th Edition - Evans & de Lahunta- Elsevier
Illustrated Veterinary Anatomical Nomenclature - 3rd edittion - Gheorghe M. Constantinescu, Oskar Schaller - Enke


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