Muscles of the tongue

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The muscles of the tongue are divided into 2 groups each comprising 4 muscles. They are classified as intrinsic (to the tongue) and extrinsic muscles. They allow for the complex movements of the tongue and are all innervated by the hypoglossal nerve (CN XII) except one:

Anatomy: Head and neck
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rID: 1702
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs, cases
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