temporal muscle n.
A muscle with origin from the temporal fossa, with insertion into the anterior border of the ramus and the mandible, with nerve supply from the deep temporal branches of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve, and whose action closes the jaw.
The basitemporal fossa receives the insertion of the temporal muscle.
In the dog the occipital muscle occupies the superior part of the head; it overlies the temporal muscle.
Through this he squirts the poison by the aid of the temporal muscle, which he contracts as he strikes.
There is a large development of the coronoid process of the mandible for the attachment of the temporal muscle.
Baker carefully cut out the poison-sacs, which are situated just beneath the temporal muscle, back of the eye.