Stylohyoid ligament

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Stylohyoid ligament
Muscles of the neck. Anterior view.
From styloid process (temporal)
To hyoid bone
Latin ligamentum stylohyoideum
TA A03.1.01.003
FMA 71315
Anatomical terminology

In connection with the stylohyoideus muscle a ligamentous band, the stylohyoid ligament, may be described.

It is a fibrous cord, which is attached to the tip of the styloid process of the temporal bone and the lesser cornu (lesser horn) of the hyoid bone.

It frequently contains a little cartilage in its center, is often partially ossified (known as Eagle's Syndrome), and in many animals forms a distinct bone, the epihyal.


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

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