stylopharyngeus

sty·lo·phar·yn·ge·us (mus·cle)

[TA]
origin, root of styloid process; insertion, thyroid cartilage and wall of pharynx (becomes part of the longitudinal coat): action, elevates pharynx and larynx; nerve supply, glossopharyngeal.

stylopharyngeus

(stī″lō-făr-ĭn′jē-ŭs) [″ + pharynx, throat]
The muscle connecting the styloid process and the pharynx that elevates and dilates the pharynx.
References in periodicals archive ?
The styloid process gives origin to stylohyoid, styloglossus and stylopharyngeus muscles and attachment to the stylohyoid and stylomandibular ligaments.
The changes in upper airway diameter during respiration is thought to primarily result from increased activation (during inhalation) and decreased activation (during exhalation) of pharyngeal dilator muscles such as the geniohyoid, sternohyoid, genioglossus, and stylopharyngeus muscles.
The stylopharyngeus muscle traverses the medial aspect of the styloid process to the lateral wall of the pharynx; it is innervated by the glossopharyngeal nerve.
Normally, the diameter of the upper airway increases during inhalation and decreases during exhalation, The changes in upper airway diameter during respiration is thought to primarily result from increased activation (during inhalation) and decreased activation (during exhalation) of pharyngeal dilator muscles such as the geniohyoid, sternohyoid, genioglossus, and stylopharyngeus muscles.