The hyoid bone, also known as the lingual bone, is located at the base of the tongue
, just above the larynx
. It has the unique distinction of not being connected to any other bone in the human skeletal system. However, it is connected to the different muscles
of the jaw, tongue
, and pharynx
. In this way it plays a role in the process of swallowing and vocal expression. In humans, the hyoid bone is made up of several separate units.
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Latest update on August 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM by christelle.b.