|Section of the neck at about the level of the sixth cervical vertebra. Showing the arrangement of the fascia coli. (Semispinalis capitis visible at bottom right.)|
|Deep muscles of the back. Semispinalis muscles labeled. Semispinalis capitis is the upper of the labeled ones.|
|Latin||musculus semispinalis capitis|
|Gray's||subject #115 400|
|Origin:||Transversal process of lower cervical and higher thoracal columna|
|Insertion:||Area between superior and inferior nuchal line|
|Nerve:||Greater occipital nerve|
|Action:||Extend the head|
It arises by a series of tendons from the tips of the transverse processes of the upper six or seven thoracic and the seventh cervical vertebræ, and from the articular processes of the three cervical above this.
The medial part, usually more or less distinct from the remainder of the muscle, is frequently termed the Spinalis capitis; it is also named the Biventer cervicis since it is traversed by an imperfect tendinous inscription.
- SUNY Figs 01:06-01
- SUNY Figs 24:01-01
- Duke Orthopedics semispinalis_capitis_1
- Norman/Georgetown lesson6musclesofback
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