External occipital crest

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External occipital crest
External occipital crest.jpg
Skull seen from below
Latin crista occipitalis externa
TA A02.1.04.023
FMA 75753
Anatomical terminology

The external occipital crest is part of the external surface of the squamous part of the occipital bone. It is a ridge along the midline, beginning at the external occipital protuberance and descending to the foramen magnum, that gives attachment to the nuchal ligament.[1]It is also called the median nuchal line.[2]


  1. ^ Halim, A. (2008). Anatomy : regional and clinical for dental students. New Delhi: I.K. International Publishing House. p. 12. ISBN 8190656651. 
  2. ^ "Medical Definition of OCCIPITAL CREST". www.merriam-webster.com. 

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