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Stylomandibular Ligament
Connective Tissue

Stylomandibular Ligament

Ligamentum stylomandibulare

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The stylomandibular ligament is formed from the thickened portion of the investing cervical fascia.

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The stylomandibular ligament extends from the styloid process of the temporal bone to the angle and posterior border of the angle of the mandible, between the attachments of the masseter and medial pterygoid muscles.


The stylomandibular ligament provides attachment to some fibers of the styloglossus muscle.

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Temporomandibular Joint

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a bilateral synovial joint between the skull and the mandible comprising the glenoid fossa of the temporal bone, the condylar head of the mandible, and the articular cartilage and disc.

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