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Chondroglossus Muscle
Muscular System

Chondroglossus Muscle

Musculus chondroglossus

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Quick Facts

Origin: Lesser horn of hyoid bone.

Insertion: Intrinsic muscles of tongue.

Action: Depresses tongue.

Innervation: Hypoglossal nerve (CN XII).

Arterial Supply: Sublingual and submental arteries.

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The chondroglossus muscle originates from the base of the lesser horn of the hyoid bone.


The chondroglossus muscle courses superiorly for 2 cm and blends with the intrinsic muscles of the tongue between the hyoglossus and genioglossus muscles.

Key Features & Anatomical Relations

The chondroglossus muscle may be described as a portion of the hyoglossus muscle. However, it is separated from this muscle by a portion of genioglossus fibers.


The chondroglossus muscle depresses the tongue (Standring, 2016).


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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