Rectus capitis anterior muscle

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Rectus capitis anterior muscle
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The anterior vertebral muscles. Rectus capitis anterior muscle labeled in purple
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Anterior view of rectus capitis anterior muscle. Skull has been removed (except for occipital bone)
Latin Musculus rectus capitis anterior
Gray's p.395
Origin Atlas (C1)
Insertion Basilar part of the occipital bone
Artery Ascending artery
Nerve Ventral primary rami of spinal nerves C1-2
Actions Flexion of neck at atlanto-occipital joint
Anatomical terms of muscle

The rectus capitis anterior (rectus capitis anticus minor) is a short, flat muscle, situated immediately behind the upper part of the Longus capitis.

It arises from the anterior surface of the lateral mass of the atlas, and from the root of its transverse process, and passing obliquely upward and medialward, is inserted into the inferior surface of the basilar part of the occipital bone immediately in front of the foramen magnum.

action: aids in flexion of the head and the neck; nerve supply: C1, C2. [1]

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

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