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platysma

[ pluh-tiz-muh ]
/ pl蓹藞t瑟z m蓹 /
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noun, plural pla路tys路mas, pla路tys路ma路ta [pluh-tiz-muh-tuh], /pl蓹藞t瑟z m蓹 t蓹/, Anatomy.
a broad, thin muscle on each side of the neck, extending from the upper part of the shoulder to the corner of the mouth, the action of which wrinkles the skin of the neck and depresses the corner of the mouth.
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Origin of platysma

1685鈥95; <New Latin <Greek pl谩tysma a plate, literally, something wide and flat, equivalent to plat媒(nein) to widen (derivative of plat媒s;see platy-) + -sma, variant of -ma resultative suffix
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Medical definitions for platysma

platysma
[ pl蓹-t沫zm蓹 ]

n. pl. pla鈥ys鈥as
A platelike muscle in the neck extending to the lower face with origin from the subcutaneous layer and fascia covering the greater pectoral and deltoid muscles at the level of the first or second rib, with insertion to the mandible, the risorius muscle and platysma of the opposite side, with nerve supply from a branch of the facial nerve, and whose action depresses the lower lip and wrinkles the skin of the neck and the upper chest.
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