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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus I: Muscular System: Alphabetical Listing of Muscles: O: Orbicularis Oculi, Corrugator Supercilii (Henle), Procerus

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus I: Muscular System: Alphabetical Listing of Muscles: O

Orbicularis Oculi, Corrugator Supercilii (Henle), Procerus

Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD

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These muscles vary in their differentiation and extent and may be fused with other muscles in the region. The two orbicularis oculi muscles may be united by a transverse glabellae muscle. An upward extension of the platysma has been seen to reach the lower eyelid. The palpebral and orbital portions of these muscles may be completely separate. The orbital portion of orbicularis oculi may be absent, and a rudimentary palpebral portion of the same muscle has been reported. A musculus laryrmalis, associated with the medial side of orbicularis oculi, has been described.

The absence of the orbital portion of corrugator has also been reported.

Procerus may be absent on one or both sides, and may be better developed on one or both sides. The attachments vary considerably. Although considered a distinct muscular unit , it is rarely clearly separated from frontalis. The two muscles may be continuous over the bridge of the nose.

Syn.: (Orb. Oc.) m. lacrymalis s. Thränenmuskel s. Horneri s. Rosenmülleri s. tensor tarsi s. sacci lacrymalis, orbicularis palpebrae s. sphincter palpebrae; (Pro.) pyramidalis nasi.

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a. saccus lacrymalis; b. os lacrymale; c. musculus lacrymalis; d. m. corrugator supercilii; e. m. orbicularis orbitae; f. canaliculi lacrymales; m. depressor supercilii.
from Lesshaft.


Anson, B.J., Ed. (1966) Morris' Human Anatomy, 12th ed., The Blakiston Division, The McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York.

Henle, J. (1871) Handbuch der Muskellehre des Menschen, in Handbuch der systematischen Anatomie des Menschen. Verlag von Friedrich Vieweg und Sohn, Braunschweig.

Lesshaft, P. (1868) Ueber den Musculus orbicularis orbitae und seinen Einfluss auf den Mechanismus der Thranenabsonderung. Arch. Anat. Physiol. Wissen. Med. 1868:265-301.

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