mylohyoid muscle


n.

A muscle with origin from the mylohyoid line of the mandible, with insertion into the upper border of the hyoid bone and the raphe separating the muscle from its fellow, with nerve supply from the mylohyoid nerve, and whose action elevates the floor of the mouth and tongue and depresses the jaw when the hyoid is fixed.

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