Hyoid bone

Hyoid bone: Anatomy & FunctionKey facts about the anatomy of the hyoid bone
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Let us examine the structure of the hyoid bone (os hyoideum).

Hyoid bone (os hyoideum)
Hyoid bone (os hyoideum)

This bone is not directly connected with the cranial bones, but is considered as part of the viscerocranium because of its proximity to the mandible.

Hyoid bone (os hyoideum)
Hyoid bone (os hyoideum)

The hyoid bone consists of the following parts:

  • body (corpus ossis hyoidei)

Body (corpus ossis hyoidei)
Body (corpus ossis hyoidei)
  • greater horn (cornu majus)

    Greater horn (cornu majus)
    Greater horn (cornu majus)
  • lesser horn (cornu minus)

Lesser horn (cornu minus)
Lesser horn (cornu minus)

The hyoid bone is attached above to the cranial bones and below to the larynx by ligaments. Numerous muscles are attached to this bone.

Dictionary

Hyoid bone

hyoid bone
os hyoideum
body of hyoid bone
corpus ossis hyoidei
greater horn
cornu majus
lesser horn
cornu minus
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