Superior auricular muscle
|Superior auricular muscle|
Face and neck muscles. Superior auricular muscle shown in red.
The muscles of the auricula. Superior auricular is at top (indicated by the red arrow).
|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|
|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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