Inferior longitudinal muscle of tongue

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Inferior longitudinal muscle of tongue
Coronal section of tongue, showing intrinsic muscles.
The mouth cavity. (Longitudinalis inferior labeled at bottom left.)
Origin Root of the tongue
Insertion Apex of the tongue
Nerve Hypoglossal nerve
Actions Retracts the tongue with the superior longitudinal muscle, making the tongue short and thick
Latin Musculus longitudinalis inferior linguae
TA A05.1.04.107
FMA 46694
Anatomical terms of muscle

The inferior longitudinal muscle of tongue is a narrow band situated on the under surface of the tongue between the genioglossus and hyoglossus.


It extends from the root to the apex of the tongue: behind, some of its fibers are connected with the body of the hyoid bone; in front it blends with the fibers of the Styloglossus.

Movement of material through the GI tract is dependent upon the coordinated activity of the longitudinal and smooth muscle of the gut.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)