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Muscles of the Face, Head, and Neck

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Frontalis
raises eyebrows, wrinkles forehead
Occipitalis
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"
Zygomaticus
elevates corner of mouth; "smiling" muscle
Buccinator
compresses cheek as in blowing sucking whistling; holds food between teeth during chewing
Platysma
Draws down the lower lip and angles of the mouth; tenses skin of the neck; helps depress mandible
Masseter
chewing muscle; closes mouth
Temporalis
closes jaw, elevates and retracts mandible
Stylohyoid
Elevates and retracts hyoid bone"swallow"
Sternocleidomastoid
flexes neck; rotates head
Splenius capitus
Extends head