Extrinsic muscles of the tongue

The extrinsic muscles of the tongue are a group of 4 muscles of the tongue. They all arise outside the tongue, which is in comparison to the intrinsic muscles of the tongue which are entirely within the tongue with no external attachments. They act to alter the position of the tongue where as the intrinsic tongue muscles alter the shape of the tongue. The four muscles are:

See also

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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rID: 52430
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • extrinsic tongue muscles

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