(also digastric muscle)
Each of a pair of muscles that run under the jaw and act to open it.
More example sentences
- Training caused an increase in the activity of citrate synthase and superoxide dismutase in the digastric muscle, the sternohyoid muscle, and the costal diaphragm.
- Accessory slips may join the muscle from the digastric, from the stylomandibular ligament, or the angle of the mandible.
- The submandibular glands are located within a triangle bounded by the sternocleidomastoid muscle, the posterior belly of the digastric muscle, and the body of the mandible.
late 17th century: from modern Latin digastricus, from di- 'twice' + Greek gastēr 'belly' (because the muscle has two fleshy parts or “bellies” at an angle, connected by a tendon).
Definition of digastric in:
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