Anatomy of the Tongue
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The first aspect of the anatomy of the tongue that should be considered are the muscles of the tongue. These are divided in to two types: intrinsic muscles and extrinsic muscles.
Intrinsic muscles originate within and attach to structures within the tongue. There are four paired sets of muscles, named based on their direction of travel of the fibres:
- Superior longitudinal
- Inferior longitudinal
The extrinsic muscles originate from structures outside the tongue and insert in to it. There are also four extrinsic muscles outlined below.
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