Obliquus capitis superior muscle
|Obliquus capitis superior muscle|
|Deep muscles of the back. (Obliq. super. labeled at upper left.)|
|Latin||musculus obliquus capitis superior|
|Gray's||subject #116 402|
|Origin||lateral mass of atlas|
|Insertion||lateral half of the inferior nuchal line|
The Obliquus capitis superior muscle arises from the lateral mass of the atlas bone. It passes superiorly and posteriorly to insert into the lateral half of the inferior nuchal line. It is innervated by the suboccipital nerve, the dorsal ramus of the first spinal nerve.
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