Superior longitudinal muscle of tongue

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Superior longitudinal muscle of tongue
Coronal section of tongue, showing intrinsic muscles.
Origin Close to the epiglottis, from the median fibrous septum
Insertion Edges of the tongue
Nerve Hypoglossal nerve
Actions Retracts the tongue with the inferior longitudinal muscle, making the tongue short and thick
Latin musculus longitudinalis superior linguae
TA A05.1.04.106
FMA 46693
Anatomical terms of muscle

The Longitudinalis linguæ superior (Superior lingualis) is a thin stratum of oblique and longitudinal fibers immediately underlying the mucous membrane on the dorsum of the tongue.


It arises from the submucous fibrous layer close to the epiglottis and from the median fibrous septum, and runs forward to the edges of the tongue.


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

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