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raises eyebrows, wrinkles forehead


pulls scalp posteriorly

Orbicularis Oculi

closes eye; produces winking, blinking, squinting ("blink" muscle)

Orbicularis oris

Closes and protrudes lips; used in whistling and forming many letters during speech; the "kissing muscle"


elevates corner of mouth; "smiling" muscle


compresses cheek as in blowing sucking whistling; holds food between teeth during chewing


Draws down the lower lip and angles of the mouth; tenses skin of the neck; helps depress mandible


chewing muscle; closes mouth


closes jaw, elevates and retracts mandible


Elevates and retracts hyoid bone"swallow"


flexes neck; rotates head

Splenius capitus

Extends head

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