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Auricular Muscles
Muscular System

Auricular Muscles

Musculi auriculares

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The auricular muscles may be divided into two categories, the intrinsic and extrinsic auricular muscle. The intrinsic auricular muscles connect different regions of the auricle. There are six in total, including the:

- helicis major muscle;

- helicis minor muscle;

- tragicus muscle;

- antitragicus muscle;

- transversus muscle of auricle;

- oblique muscle of auricle.

Additionally, the ear has extrinsic auricular muscles that join the auricle to the skull and scalp. These include the:

- auricularis anterior muscle;

- auricularis superior muscle;

- auricularis posterior muscle.

In humans, these muscles do not produce much movement.

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