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Medical Term:

mylohyoid (muscle)


muscle of floor of mouth; origin, mylohyoid line of mandible; insertion, upper border of hyoid bone and raphe separating muscle from its fellow; action, elevates floor of mouth and the tongue, depresses jaw when hyoid is fixed; nerve supply, nerve to mylohyoid from mandibular division of trigeminal.

Synonym(s): musculus mylohyoideusTA, diaphragm of mouth, diaphragma oris, mylohyoideus

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