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Medical Term:

genioglossus (muscle)


Definition: one of the paired lingual muscles; origin, mental spine of the mandible; insertion, lingual fascia beneath the mucous membrane and epiglottis; action, depresses and protrudes the tongue; nerve supply, hypoglossal.

Synonym(s): musculus genioglossusTA, genioglossal muscle, genioglossus, musculus geniohyoglossus

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