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longissimus capitis (muscle)

 

Definition: intermediate erector spinae muscle in neck; origin, from transverse processes of upper thoracic and transverse and articular processes of lower and middle cervical vertebrae; insertion, into mastoid process; action, keeps head erect, draws it backward or to one side; nerve supply, dorsal primary rami of cervical spinal nerves.

Synonym(s): musculus longissimus capitisTA, musculus complexus minor, musculus trachelomastoideus, musculus transversalis capitis

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