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Regions of the head and face

Learning objectives

After completing this study unit, you will be able to:

  1. Name and identify the main regions of the head and face
  2. Define the borders of each region.
  3. List the main landmarks related to each region. 

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The head can be divided into fourteen regions, eight of which belong to the face. Like the skull, these regions can be grouped into either a neurocranial or a viscerocranial portion.

  • The neurocranial portion contains the frontal, parietal, occipital, temporal, auricular and mastoid regions.
  • The viscerocranial portion contains the regions of the face, which are the orbital, infraorbital, nasal, zygomatic, parotideomasseteric, oral, buccal and mental regions.

To find out more about these regions, their borders and contents, watch the video down below!

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Browse atlas

Review the major regions of the head and face in the following atlas gallery. Take the time to compare the location and boundaries of each region relative to their neighbors.


Key points about the regions of the head and face
Neurocranial group Frontal region: Frontal bone
Parietal region
: Parietal bone
Occipital region
: Occipital bone
Temporal region
: Temporal bone
Auricular region: External ear
Mastoid region: Mastoid process of temporal bone
Viscerocranial group Orbital region: Bones and soft tissue of the orbit
Infraorbital region
: Body of maxilla
Nasal region: Bones and soft tissue of the nose
Zygomatic region
: Zygomatic bone
Parotideomasseteric region
: Parotid gland and masseter muscle
Oral region: Structures of the oral cavity
Buccal region
: Buccinator muscle

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