Term Category: Anatomy

The styloglossus is one of the muscles of the tongue, it contributes to various tongue movements, including retracting and elevating the tongue. By coordinating with other tongue muscles, the styloglossus enables precise articulation of speech sounds and plays a role in swallowing. Originating from the styloid process of the temporal bone, it extends forward and inserts into the side and undersurface of the tongue.

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