Occipitalis muscle

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Occipitalis muscle
Visible at center right
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Occipital bone. Outer surface. (Red circle at upper right is for occipitalis.)
Latin venter occipitalis musculi occipitofrontalis
Gray's subject #105 379
Origin: superior nuchal line of the occipital bone
mastoid part of the temporal
Insertion: galea aponeurosis
Artery: occipital artery
Nerve: posterior auricular nerve (facial nerve)
Action: wrinkles brow
Dorlands/Elsevier m_22/12549942

The Occipitalis, thin and quadrilateral in form, arises by tendinous fibers from the lateral two-thirds of the superior nuchal line of the occipital bone, and from the mastoid part of the temporal. It ends in the galea aponeurotica.

It is considered by some sources not to be a muscle of its own, but to be a part of the occipitofrontalis muscle.

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