Pterygoids muscle

Origin of Pterygoids

Deep head: medial side of lateral pterygoid plate behind the upper teethsuperficial head: pyramidal process of palatine bone and maxillary tuberosity.

Insertion of Pterygoids

Medial angle of the mandible.

Muscle Action/Function of Pterygoids

Elevates mandible, closes jaw, helps lateral pterygoids in moving the jaw from side to side.

Arterial (Blood) Supply of Pterygoids

Pterygoid branches of maxillary artery.
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Pterygoids Video

Function of the Lateral Pterygoid Muscle
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