Temporal styloid process

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The temporal styloid process is a process of bone that extends down from the temporal bone of the human skull, just below the ear.wikipedia
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The temporal styloid process is a process of bone that extends down from the temporal bone of the human skull, just below the ear.

Temporal bone

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The temporal styloid process is a process of bone that extends down from the temporal bone of the human skull, just below the ear.
The tympanic part is relatively small and lies inferior to the squamous part, anterior to the mastoid part, and superior to the styloid process.

Tongue

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The styloglossus arises from the styloid process of the temporal bone and draws the sides of the tongue up to create a trough for swallowing.

Eagle syndrome

This condition is also known as Eagle syndrome.
First described by American otorhinolaryngologist Watt Weems Eagle in 1937, the condition is caused by an elongated or misshapen styloid process (the slender, pointed piece of bone just below the ear) and/or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament, either of which interferes with the functioning of neighboring regions in the body, giving rise to pain.

Styloglossus

Styloglossus muscle
The styloglossus, the shortest and smallest of the three styloid muscles, arises from the anterior and lateral surfaces of the styloid process near its apex, and from the stylomandibular ligament.

Stylohyoid ligament

It is a fibrous cord, which is attached to the tip of the styloid process of the temporal bone and the lesser cornu (lesser horn) of the hyoid bone.

Stylomandibular ligament

The stylomandibular ligament is the thickened posterior portion of the investing cervical fascia, which extends from near the apex of the styloid process of the temporal bone to the angle and posterior border of the angle of the mandible, between the masseter and medial pterygoid.

Stylopharyngeus muscle

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The stylopharyngeus is a muscle in the head that stretches between the temporal styloid process and the pharynx.

Tympanic part of the temporal bone

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The medial part of the lower border is thin and sharp; its lateral part splits to enclose the root of the styloid process, and is therefore named the vaginal process.

Glossopharyngeal nerve

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It descends in front of the latter vessel and beneath the styloid process and the muscles connected with it, to the lower border of the stylopharyngeus.

Stylohyoid muscle

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It arises from the posterior and lateral surface of the styloid process of the temporal bone, near the base; and, passing inferior and anterior, it is inserted into the body of the hyoid bone, at its junction with the greater cornu, and just superior the omohyoid muscle.

Pharyngeal arch

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The styloid process arises from endochondral ossification of the cartilage from the second pharyngeal arch.
Caudal to what will eventually become the stapes, Reichert's cartilage also forms the styloid process of the temporal bone.

Skull

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The temporal styloid process is a process of bone that extends down from the temporal bone of the human skull, just below the ear.

Larynx

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Hyoid bone

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The stylohyoid ligament extends from the apex of the process to the lesser cornu of the hyoid bone, and can sometimes be partially or completely ossified.

Ossification

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The stylohyoid ligament extends from the apex of the process to the lesser cornu of the hyoid bone, and can sometimes be partially or completely ossified.

Calcification

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A small percentage of the population will suffer from an elongation of the styloid process and stylohyoid ligament calcification.

Endochondral ossification

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The styloid process arises from endochondral ossification of the cartilage from the second pharyngeal arch.

Cartilage

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The styloid process arises from endochondral ossification of the cartilage from the second pharyngeal arch.

Stylomastoid foramen

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Between the styloid and mastoid processes of the temporal bone is the stylomastoid foramen