Levatores costarum muscles

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Levatores costarum muscles
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Deep muscles of the back. (Levatores costarum labeled vertically at center left.)
Latin Musculi levatores costarum
Gray's p.403
Origin Transverse processes of C7 to T12 vertebrae
Insertion Superior surfaces of the ribs immediately inferior to the preceding vertebrae
Nerve dorsal rami C8-T11
Anatomical terms of muscle

The Levatores costarum, (/ˌlɛvəˈtɔərz kəˈstɛərəm/) twelve in number on either side, are small tendinous and fleshy bundles, which arise from the ends of the transverse processes of the seventh cervical and upper eleven thoracic vertebrae

They pass obliquely downward and laterally, like the fibers of the Intercostales externi, and each is inserted into the outer surface of the rib immediately below the vertebra from which it takes origin, between the tubercle and the angle (Levatores costarum breves).

Each of the four lower muscles divides into two fasciculi, one of which is inserted as above described; the other passes down to the second rib below its origin (Levatores costarum longi).

Their role in normal inspiration, if any, is uncertain. They may play a role in vertebral movement and/or proprioception.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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