Sternohyoid muscle

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Sternohyoid muscle
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Muscles of neck. Sternohyoideus labeled at middle, just to the right of thyroid cartilage.
Muscles of the neck. Lateral view. Sternohyoid muscle labeled
Origin manubrium of sternum
Insertion hyoid bone
Artery superior thyroid artery
Nerve C1-C3 by a branch of ansa cervicalis
Actions depresses hyoid
Latin musculus sternohyoideus
TA A04.2.04.002
FMA 13341
Anatomical terms of muscle

The sternohyoid muscle is a thin, narrow muscle attaching the hyoid bone to the sternum, one of the paired strap muscles of the infrahyoid muscles serving to depress the hyoid bone. It is innervated by the ansa cervicalis.

The muscle arises from the posterior border of the medial end of the clavicle, the posterior sternoclavicular ligament, and the upper and posterior part of the manubrium sterni.

Passing upward and medially, it is inserted by short tendinous fibers into the lower border of the body of the hyoid bone.


Doubling; accessory slips (Cleidohyoideus); absence.

It sometimes presents, immediately above its origin, a transverse tendinous inscription.

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

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