Temporal styloid process

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The temporal styloid process is a protrusion of the temporal bone in the skull just below the ear canal used to attach muscles and ligaments to the skull. It is commonly called the styloid process, although there are several styloid processes.

Mastoid process Temporal styloid process Condyloid process Mental foramen Zygomatic arch External acoustic meatus Lower temporal line Upper temporal line Mandibular fossa Coronal suture Lambdoid suture Frontonasal suture Frontomaxillary suture Sphenofrontal suture Frontozygomatic suture Squamous suture Sphenosquamous suture Sphenoparietal suture Parietomastoid suture Occipitomastoid suture Frontal bone Parietal bone Temporal bone Sphenoid bone Ethmoid bone Lacrimal bone Zygomatic bone Nasal bone Maxilla Occipital bone Occipital bone Mandible Teeth'The bones of the skull viewed from the side with links to the individual bones.'

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The bones of the skull viewed from the side.

Muscular attachments

The muscles that attach to the temporal styloid process are the:


The ligaments that attach to the temporal styloid process are the:

Styloglossus muscle Genioglossus muscle Geniohyoid muscle Stylohyoid muscle Stylopharyngeus muscle Hyoglossus muscle Hyoglossus muscle Inferior longitudinal muscle Dorsum of the tongue Hyoid bone Teeth Temporal styloid process Mastoid process Temporal bone Mandible Thyroid cartilage'The muscles of the tongue.'

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The temporal styloid process with its 3 muscular attachments.

See also

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