Parts of the Head and Neck

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Descriptions of the Parts of the Head and Neck

frontal hairline - the hairline in the front of the head between the temples.

brow - the part of the head just under the forehead and including the eyebrows and top area of the eye sockets.

facial nerve - this is the nerve that senses touch to the face and movement of the face.  If it is damaged, a person's face can be paralyzed.  There is one on each side.

mandible - the part of the jaw that pivots whenever a person opens their mouth.

clavicle - also called the collar bone, this is where the neck ends and the chest begins.

crown - the top area of the head.

temporal hairline - the hairline at or around the temple area (the sides of the head).

apex of the temporal hairline - where the point or merging with the beard hair begins.  This is also known as "sideburns".

ear lobe - the soft part of the ear where there is no cartilage.

occipital protuberance - the slight or pronounced bump where the back of the skull rises slightly before it ends and meets with the spine.

posterior hairline - the back hairline.

nape - the back of the neck.

sternocleidomastius - a muscle on each side of the neck that is largely responsible for turning the head side to side or nodding it down.

trapezius - a muscle from the back of the neck to the back that is partly responsible for lifting the head and turning it side to side.

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