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What does the Masseter Muscle do?

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Masseter Muscle

The masseter is one of several muscles of mastication. It is a thick, quadrilateral muscle, and its function is to elevate the mandible (jaw). The masseter consists of two parts: a superficial and deep muscle. It originates from the zygomatic arch and maxilla and inserts along the angle, ramus and lateral surface of the coronoid process of the mandible. The masseter muscle is innervated (nerve supply) by the mandibular nerve and receives its blood supply from the masseteric artery.

Download the free Masseter Muscle Smart Lecture snippet to view it in Anomalous Medical. If you do not have an Anomalous Medical account you will be asked to create one and download the software before you can download the Masseter Muscle Smart Lecture Snippet.

You can also purchase the Muscles of Mastication Smart Lecture for a more comprehensive explanation of the muscles in the head and neck. This Smart Lecture uses the 3D Anatomy in Anomalous Medical to provide an educational guide to the muscles of mastication by explaining their functions and movements. A screenshot of the masseter section in the Smart Lecture is pictured above.