Anterior auricular muscle

Anterior auricular muscle

Face and neck muscles. Anterior auricular muscle shown in red.

The muscles of the auricula. Anterior auricular is at right (indicated by the red arrow).
Origin Temporal fascia
Insertion Major Helix (ear)
Artery Posterior auricular artery
Nerve Temporal branch of facial nerve
Actions Pulls ear forward
Latin Musculus auricularis anterior
TA A04.1.03.020
FMA 46856

Anatomical terms of muscle

The anterior auricular muscle, the smallest of the three auricular muscles, is thin and fan-shaped, and its fibers are pale and indistinct. It arises from the lateral edge of the galea aponeurotica, and its fibers converge to be inserted into a projection on the front of the helix.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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