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Skeletal System

Axial Skeleton

Which is the only bone that does not touch another bone?

The hyoid bone is the only bone that does not touch another bone. Located above the larynx, it supports the tongue and provides attachment sites for the muscles of the neck and pharynx used in speaking and swallowing. The hyoid is carefully examined when there is a suspicion of strangulation, since it is often fractured from such trauma.



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