Stylohyoid ligament

Stylohyoid ligament
Muscles of the neck. Anterior view.
Fromstyloid process (temporal)
Tohyoid bone
Latinligamentum stylohyoideum
Anatomical terminology

The stylohyoid ligament is a ligament that connects the hyoid bone to the temporal styloid process (of the temporal bone of the skull).


The stylohyoid ligament connects the lesser horn of hyoid bone to the styloid process of the temporal bone of the skull.

Clinical significance

The stylohyoid ligament frequently contains a little cartilage in its center, which is sometimes partially ossified in Eagle syndrome.

Other animals

In many animals, the epihyal is a distinct bone in the centre of the stylohyoid ligament, which is similar to that seen in Eagle syndrome.[citation needed]

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