Longus capitis muscle
|Longus capitis muscle|
The anterior vertebral muscles.
|Latin||musculus longus capitis|
|Origin||anterior tubercles of the transverse processes of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth cervical vertebræ|
|Insertion||basilar part of the occipital bone|
|Actions||flexion of neck at atlanto-occipital joint|
|Anatomical terms of muscle|
The longus capitis muscle (rectus capitis anticus major), broad and thick above, narrow below, arises by four tendinous slips, from the anterior tubercles of the transverse processes of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth cervical vertebræ, and ascends, converging toward its fellow of the opposite side, to be inserted into the inferior surface of the basilar part of the occipital bone.
It is innervated by a branch of cervical plexus.
Longus capitis has several actions:
acting unilaterally, to:
- flex the head and neck laterally
- rotate the head ipsilaterally
- flex the head and neck 
- Origin, insertion and nerve supply of the muscle at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
- -1972699056 at GPnotebook
- Longus+capitis+muscle at eMedicine Dictionary
- Anatomy diagram: 25420.000-1 at Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, Elsevier
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