Term Category: Anatomy
The hyoid bone is a U-shaped bone located in the neck, above the larynx and beneath the root of the tongue. It is unique in that it does not articulate directly with any other bone in the body. The hyoid bone serves as a point of attachment for various muscles involved in swallowing and speech production. It plays a crucial role in supporting the tongue and larynx, aiding in their movement and coordination during vocalization and swallowing.
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