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Auricularis superior

Other Terms: Musculus auricularis superior, Muscle auriculaire supérieur

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus auricularis superior

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Branchial arch muscle – second arch (Facial muscle)

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the muscle above the ear. The term auricularis is from the Latin auris meaning “ear” combined with the diminutive ending cula meaning “little.” The Latin term superior is derived from the Latin super meaning “above.”

Origin

Lateral edge of the epicranial aponeurosis superior to the pinna

Insertion

Cranial surface of ear cartilage near its attachment to the temporal bone

Action

Elevates the auricle.

Nerve supply

Facial nerve (Cranial nerve VII)

Blood supply

Parietal branch of the superficial temporal artery

Latin

Musculus auricularis superior

French

Muscle auriculaire supérieur

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