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Auricularis posterior

Other Terms: Musculus auricularis posterior, Muscle auriculaire postérieur

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus auricularis posterior

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 following, or behind, the ear. The term auricularis is from the Latin auris meaning “ear” combined with the diminutive ending cula meaning “little.” The Latin term posterior is derived from the Latin post meaning “behind.”

Origin

Lateral surface of the mastoid process of the temporal bone

Insertion

Ponticulus of the ementia conchae on the cranial surface of the ear cartilage

Action

Draws the auricle posteriorly.

Nerve supply

Facial nerve (Cranial nerve VII)

Blood supply

Auricular branch of the posterior auricular artery and the auricular branch of the occipital artery

Latin

Musculus auricularis posterior

French

Muscle auriculaire postérieur

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