Frontalis muscle

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Visible at top left colored in red
OriginGalea aponeurotica
InsertionOrbicularis oculi muscle[1]
Arterysupraorbital and supratrochlear arteries
NerveFacial nerve
Temporal branch
ActionsRaises eyebrows and wrinkles forehead
LatinVenter frontalis musculi occipitofrontalis
Anatomical terms of muscle

The frontalis muscle (from Latin, meaning 'frontal belly') is muscle which covers parts of forehead of the skull. Some sources consider the frontalis muscle to be a distinct muscle. However, Terminologia Anatomica currently classifies it as part of the occipitofrontalis muscle along with the occipitalis muscle.[2]

In humans, the frontalis muscle only serves for facial expressions.[3]

The frontalis muscle is supplied by the facial nerve[4] and receives blood from the supraorbital and supratrochlear arteries.


The frontalis muscle is thin, of a quadrilateral form, and intimately adherent to the superficial fascia. It is broader than the occipitalis and its fibers are longer and paler in color. It is located on the front of the head.

The muscle has no bony attachments. Its medial fibers are continuous with those of the procerus; its immediate fibers blend with the corrugator and orbicularis oculi muscles, thus attached to the skin of the eyebrows; and its lateral fibers are also blended with the latter muscle over the zygomatic process of the frontal bone.

From these attachments the fibers are directed upward, and join the galea aponeurotica below the coronal suture.

The medial margins of the frontalis muscles are joined together for some distance above the root of the nose; but between the occipitales there is a considerable, though variable, interval, occupied by the galea aponeurotica.