Masseter Muscle: Origin, Insertion, Innervation & Function - Anatomy | Kenhub

Hi, everyone! This is Matt from Kenhub, and in this tutorial, we will discuss the origin,

insertion, innervation, and function of the masseter muscle.

The masseter muscle or musculus masseter is a thick rectangular muscle of mastication.

It consists of a superficial part… and a deep part. The muscle can be easily palpated

at the mandibular ramus from the oral cavity along the cheek.

The superficial and deep parts both originate from the zygomatic arch. The superficial part

inserts on the masseteric tuberosity at the outer surface of the mandibular angle whereas

the deep part runs further dorsally to the outer surface of the mandibular ramus.

Furthermore, part of the deep fibers radiates into the anterior capsule and articular disc

of the temporomandibular joint.

The parotid gland lies on the lateral side of the masseter with its duct coursing underneath

the zygomatic arch across the muscle.

As all muscles of mastication, the masseter is supplied by a branch of the mandibular

nerve, the masseteric nerve.

The masseter is one of the four muscles of the masticatory apparatus. It elevates the

mandible causing a powerful jaw closure. The contraction of the superior part which runs

diagonally to the front moves the mandible forward, which is known as protrusion.

Furthermore, the muscle helps stabilize tension of the articular capsule of the temporomandibular


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