Superior longitudinal muscle of tongue

The Longitudinalis linguæ superior (Superior lingualis) is a thin stratum of oblique and longitudinal fibers immediately underlying the mucous membrane on the dorsum of the tongue.

Superior longitudinal muscle of tongue
Coronal section of tongue, showing intrinsic muscles.
OriginClose to the epiglottis, from the median fibrous septum
InsertionEdges of the tongue
NerveHypoglossal nerve
ActionsRetracts the tongue with the inferior longitudinal muscle, making the tongue short and thick
Latinmusculus longitudinalis superior linguae
Anatomical terms of muscle


It arises from the submucous fibrous layer close to the epiglottis and from the median fibrous septum, and runs forward to the edges of the tongue.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1130 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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