Superior auricular muscle

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Superior auricular muscle
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Face and neck muscles. Superior auricular muscle shown in red.
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The muscles of the auricula. Superior auricular is at top (indicated by the red arrow).
Origin Temporal fascia
Insertion Above the ear
Artery Posterior auricular artery
Nerve branches to auricular muscle from posterior auricular nerve of facial nerve (cranial nerve VII)
Actions Pulls ear upward
Latin musculus auricularis superior
TA A04.1.03.021
FMA 46855
Anatomical terms of muscle

The superior auricular muscle, the largest of the three auriculares muscles, is also thin and fan-shaped. Its fibers arise from the galea aponeurotica, and converge to be inserted by a thin, flattened tendon into the upper part of the cranial surface of the auricula.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1035 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)