Deep muscles of the back (semispinalis cervicis visible at top center left).
|Latin||Musculus semispinalis cervicis|
|Origin||Transverse processes of the upper five or six thoracic vertebræ|
|Insertion||Cervical spinous processes, from the axis to the fifth cervical vertebra|
|Anatomical terms of muscle|
The semispinalis cervicis (semispinalis colli), arises by a series of tendinous and fleshy fibers from the transverse processes of the upper five or six thoracic vertebrae, and is inserted into the cervical spinous processes, from the axis to the fifth inclusive.
The fasciculus connected with the axis is the largest, and is chiefly muscular in structure.
The semispinalis cervicis is thicker than the semispinalis dorsi.
- Anatomy figure: 01:06-01 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- lesson6musclesofback at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
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