Visible Human Transverse Section Through the Head

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The temporalis muscle runs along the sides of the cranium, starting in the region of your "temples." The muscle is one of mastication (chewing) as it inserts on the jaw bone (mandible). Contraction of the temporalis helps 'close' the jaw while chewing. The other primary muscle of mastication, the masseter can be felt clenching the teeth.

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eye | lens | medial rectus | lateral rectus | ethmoid sinus | sphenoid sinus | nasal septum | temporalis muscle | brain |
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Module Name: a_vm1110
Module Title: Visible Human Transverse Section Through the Head
Image Info: Gross specimen, transverse section
Created by: Lynn Bry
Last modified: Feb 4th, 1997

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