Styloid process

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The styloid process (or styloid part of the squamous temporal bone) is a slender pointed part of temporal bone. It projects inferiorly and anteriorly from the inferior surface of the temporal bone.

It serves as an anchor point for several muscles associated with the tongue and larynx:

It should be noted all of these structures, along with the styloid process, develop from the second branchial arch and form the styloid apparatus

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 28371
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Styloid part of temporal bone
  • Styloid part of the temporal bone

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