Frontalis muscle

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Frontalis
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Latin venter frontalis musculi occipitofrontalis
Gray's subject #105 379
Origin: galea aponeurosis
Insertion: Skin above the eyebrows
Artery: ophthalmic artery
Nerve: facial nerve
Action: wrinkles brow
Dorlands/Elsevier m_22/12549942

The Frontalis muscle is thin, of a quadrilateral form, and intimately adherent to the superficial fascia. It is broader than the Occipitalis and its fibers are longer and paler in color. It is located on the front of the head.

It has no bony attachments.

Its medial fibers are continuous with those of the Procerus; its immediate fibers blend with the Corrugator and Orbicularis oculi; and its lateral fibers are also blended with the latter muscle over the zygomatic process of the frontal bone.

From these attachments the fibers are directed upward, and join the galea aponeurotica below the coronal suture.

The medial margins of the Frontales are joined together for some distance above the root of the nose; but between the Occipitales there is a considerable, though variable, interval, occupied by the galea aponeurotica.

It is considered by some sources not to be a muscle of its own, but to be a part of the occipitofrontalis muscle.


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