|MadSci Network: Anatomy|
The tongue is defintely not the longest muscles in the body - and neither are the gluteal muscles. The sartorius muscle in the front of the thigh is the longest in the body. The name sartorius comes from the Latin word meaning "tailor" because it helps in the position tailors often sat in to sew- cross-legged sitting on the floor. The tongue measures 2 to 4.5 inches, depending on where you measure it from (it actually is comprised of more than one muscle). In comparison,the sartorius is several inches long.
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