platysma (muscle)


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pla·tys·ma (mus·cle)

[TA]
facial muscle in neck region; origin, subcutaneous layer and fascia covering pectoralis major and deltoid at level of first or second rib; insertion, lower border of mandible, risorius and platysma of opposite side; action, depresses lower lip, forms ridges in skin of neck and upper chest when jaws are "clenched", denoting stress, anger; nerve supply, cervical branch of facial.