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Muscles of mastication

Learning objectives

After going through this study unit you will be able to:

  1. Name the muscles of mastication and describe their different parts.
  2. Describe the attachments, innervation and function of the muscles involved in chewing.

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The muscles of mastication are a group of four muscles: the temporalis, masseter, medial pterygoid and lateral pterygoid. These muscles produce movements of the mandible, or lower jaw, at the temporomandibular joints, thus enabling functions such as chewing and grinding. 

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Key points about the muscles of mastication
Definition and function Muscles of mastication describe a group of muscles that attach to the mandible and thereby produce movements of the lower jaw.
Muscles Temporalis, masseter, medial pterygoid and lateral pterygoid
Innervation Mandibular nerve (CN V3)

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