Obliquus capitis inferior muscle

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Obliquus capitis inferior muscle
Deep muscles of the back. (Obliq. infer. labeled at upper left.)
Latin musculus obliquus capitis inferior
Gray's subject #116 402
Origin spinous process of the axis
Insertion    lateral mass of atlas
Nerve: suboccipital nerve

The obliquus capitis inferior muscle is the larger of the two oblique muscles of the neck. It arises from the apex of the spinous process of the axis and passes laterally and slightly upward, to be inserted into the lower and back part of the transverse process of the atlas.

It is responsible for rotation of the head and first cervical vertebra (atlanto-axial joint).

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