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Regions of the head and face (English)

Regions of the head and face (English)

Most of the regions in the neurocranial portion correspond to underlying bones/landmarks of the same name. The exception to this is the auricular region, that contains the external ear/auricle. The regions of the viscerocranium are named according to bony or soft tissue structures of the face. The orbital region contains the organs, bones and soft tissue of the orbit. Inferior to this is the infraorbital region, overlying the maxilla, and the zygomatic region, named after the zygomatic bone (commonly referred to as the cheek bone). The nasal region contains the bone, cartilage and other tissues of the nose, while the oral region below contains the structures of the oral cavity. The buccal region is named after the latin term 'bucca', which refers to the cheek (largely comprised by the buccinator muscle), while parotidomasseteric region is named after the underlying parotid gland and masseter muscle. The inferior-most region of the face is the mental region, demarcating the chin (Latin = mentus).
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