Intrinsic muscles of the tongue

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 27 Jul 2022

The intrinsic muscles of the tongue are a group of 4 muscular bands in the tongue. In comparison to the extrinsic muscles of the tongue, they are entirely within the tongue with no external attachments. They act to alter the shape of the tongue where as the extrinsic tongue muscles alter the position of the tongue. The four muscles are:

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