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rectus capitis posterior minor (muscle)


Definition: muscle of suboccipital triangle; origin, from posterior tubercle of atlas; insertion, medial third of inferior nuchal line of occipital bone; action, rotates head and draws it backward; nerve supply, dorsal branch of first cervical (suboccipital).

Synonym(s): musculus rectus capitis posterior minorTA, musculus rectus capitis posticus minor, smaller posterior rectus muscle of head

See Also: suboccipital muscles

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