The function of the hyoid is to provide an anchor point for the muscles of the tongue and for those in the upper part of the front of the neck.
The hyoid is (uniquely in the vertebrate skeleton) not joined to any other bone but is suspended in position by muscles that connect it to the mandible, to the styloid process of each temporal bone at the base of the skull, to the thyroid cartilage, to the sternum, and to the scapula. The important muscles that are attached to the hyoid bone are shown in the lower two diagrams.
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