Where is the hyoid bone located?

The hyoid bone is a horseshoe-shaped bone in the front of the neck. This bone is not directly connected to any other bones so it is known as a floating bone. It surrounds the vocal cords and is held in place by muscles and ligaments.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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