epicranius


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ep·i·cra·ni·us (mus·cle)

[TA]
compound facial (scalp) muscle composed of the epicranial aponeurosis and the muscles inserting into it, that is, the occipitofrontalis musculus and temporoparietalis musculus.

epicranius

Etymology: Gk, epi + kranion, skull
the broad muscular and tendinous layer of tissue covering the top and sides of the skull from the occipital bone to the eyebrows. It consists of broad, thin muscular bellies, connected by an extensive aponeurosis. Innervation of the epicranius by branches of the facial nerves can draw back the scalp, raise the eyebrows, and move the ears. Compare epicranium. See also epicranial aponeurosis, occipitofrontalis, temporoparietalis.

ep·i·cra·ni·us mus·cle

(ep'i-krā'nē-ŭs mŭs'ĕl)
Composed of the epicranial aponeurosis and the muscles inserting into it, i.e., the occipitofrontalis muscle and temporoparietalis muscle.
Synonym(s): musculus epicranius [TA] .

epicranius

(ĕp″ĭ-krā′nē-ŭs)
The occipitofrontal muscle and scalp.