stylopharyngeus muscle

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sty·lo·pha·ryn·ge·us mus·cle

(stī'lō-făr-in'jē-ŭs mŭs'ĕl)
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.
Synonym(s): musculus stylopharyngeus [TA] , stylopharyngeal muscle.
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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.