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The stylomandibular ligament is the thickened posterior portion of the investing cervical fascia, which extends from near the apex of the styloid process of the temporal bone to the angle and posterior border of the angle of the mandible, between the masseter and medial pterygoid.

Stylomandibular ligament
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Articulation of the mandible. Medial aspect. (Stylomandibular lig. labeled at center left.)
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Muscles of the pharynx, viewed from behind, together with the associated vessels and nerves. (Styl. mand. lig. labeled at center left.)
Details
Fromstyloid process (temporal)
Toramus of the mandible
Identifiers
Latinligamentum stylomandibulare
TAA03.1.07.008
FMA57083
Anatomical terminology

From its deep surface some fibers of the styloglossus take origin.

Although classed among the ligaments of the temporomandibular joint, it can only be considered as accessory to it.

This ligament along with the sphenomandibular ligament is responsible for limitation of mandibular movements (limit excessive opening).

ReferencesEdit

This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 298 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

External linksEdit

  • "Anatomy diagram: 25420.000-1". Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator. Elsevier. Archived from the original on 2014-01-01.