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Levator glandulae thyroideae

Other Terms: Levator of thyroid gland, Musculus levator glandulae thyroideae, Muscle élévateur de la glande thyroïde

Muscle parts


Latin name

Musculus levator glandulae thyroideae

Latin muscle parts



Cervical wall – ventral musculature (Infrahyoid muscle)


In English, this muscle’s name means the muscle that lifts the thyroid gland. The term levator comes from the Latin verb levare meaning “to lift.” Thyroid is from the Greek term thyreos for “shield” plus the suffix eidos meaning “shape or form.” The Greek word thyreos comes from thyra meaning door and referred to a large, oblong stone that was used as a door. The term thyreos was later used to refer to large oblong shields used by Minoan warriors. The shields covered them from shoulders to feet, with the top of the shield having a notch for the chin. It was this shield that the ancient anatomist Galen envisioned when he named the laryngeal cartilage in the 2nd Century. Glandulae refers to a gland and comes from the Latin glans or glandis, which means acorn or acorn-shaped.


Body of the hyoid bone


The anterior and superior aspects of the fascia surrounding the thyroid gland


Elevates the thyroid gland.

Nerve supply

Ventral ramus via ansa cervicalis (C2 and C3)

Blood supply

Thyroid ima artery, a variable branch of the brachiocephalic artery (but may also arise from the aorta, right common carotid, or subclavian arteries), inferior thyroid artery from the thyrocervical trunk of the subclavian artery


Musculus levator glandulae thyroideae


Muscle élévateur de la glande thyroïde


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