Located in the mid-neck, between the lower jaw and the shoulder girdle, the hyoid is classified as a sesamoid bone even though it does not articulate with any other bones. Apart from the cervical vertebrae, this horseshoe-shaped bone is the only bone in that anterior region of the neck. It is attached to five areas: the skull’s base, the mandible, the tongue, the larynx, and the scapular girdle. It is a stabilizer vital for a variety of everyday functions including speech and swallowing.
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