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Design, and Graphics Copyright © 1995 by Nanci Ellis
Project was sponsored, in part, by Technology and Learning Program, CSU, Chico
A grahpical image of this bone is not currently available
The hyoid is a single small "U" shaped bone in the adult which does not articulate with any other bone. It is suspended from the styloid process of each temporal bone by means of the stylohyoid ligaments. It is located in the mid-sagittal plane, at the front of the throat, and beneath the mandible but above the larynx near the level of the third cervical vertebrae. It is formed from three separate parts (i.e., the Body,and the left and right Greater and Lesser Cornu) which fuse in early adulthood. The base of the "U" shaped bone is located anteriorly while the Cornu project posteriorly.
The hyoid does not articulate with (i.e., touch) any other bones.
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