• (noun): A U-shaped bone at the base of the tongue that supports the tongue muscles.
    Synonyms: hyoid bone, os hyoideum
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Some articles on hyoid:

Hyoid Bone
... The hyoid bone (lingual bone) (/ˈhaɪɔɪd/ Latin os hyoideum) is a horseshoe-shaped bone situated in the anterior midline of the neck between the chin and the thyroid cartilage ... Unlike other bones, the hyoid is only distantly articulated to other bones by muscles or ligaments ... The hyoid is anchored by muscles from the anterior, posterior and inferior directions, and aids in tongue movement and swallowing ...
Suprahyoid Muscles - Function
... These four muscles have different actions, but in general assist in elevating the hyoid bone and widening the esophagus during swallowing ... process Intermediate Tendon Facial nerve Geniohyoid Inferior mental spine of Symphysis Menti Hyoid C1 through CN XII (Hypoglossal nerve) Stylohyoid ...
List Of Muscles Of The Human Body/version 2 - Muscles of Head and Neck: The Neck - Suprahyoid
... belly - mastoid process of temporal bone Intermediate tendon (hyoid bone) anterior belly - mandibular division of the trigeminal (CN V) via the mylohyoid nerve posterior belly - facial nerve (CN VII) Opens ... stylohyoid styloid process (temporal) greater cornu of hyoid bone facial nerve (CN VII) Elevate the hyoid during swallowing mylohyoid Mylohyoid line ...
Sternohyoid Muscle
... The sternohyoid muscle is a thin, narrow muscle attaching the hyoid bone to the sternum, one of the paired strap muscles of the infrahyoid muscles serving to depress ... into the lower border of the body of the hyoid bone ...
Hyoid Bone - In Other Animals
... The hyoid bone is derived from the lower half of the second gill arch in fish, which separates the first gill slit from the spiracle, and is often ... birds, and some reptiles, the body of the hyoid is greatly extended forward, creating a solid bony support for the tongue ... The howler monkey Alouatta has a pneumatized hyoid bone, one of the few cases of postcranial pneumatization of bones outside Saurischia ...

More definitions of "hyoid":

  • (adj): Of or relating to the hyoid bone.