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Medical Term:

semispinalis capitis (muscle)


origin, transverse processes of five or six upper thoracic and articular processes of four lower cervical vertebrae; insertion, occipital bone between superior and inferior nuchal lines; action, rotates head and draws it backward; nerve supply, dorsal primary rami of cervical spinal nerves.

Synonym(s): musculus semispinalis capitisTA, musculus complexus, semispinal muscle of head

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