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splenius

(splē′nē-əs)
n. pl. sple·nii (-nē-ī′)
Either of two muscles of the back of the neck, extending from the upper vertebrae to the base of the skull, that rotate and extend the head and neck.

sple′ni·al (-nē-əl) adj.

splenius

(sple'ne-us)
A flat muscle on either side of the back of the neck and upper thoracic area.
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splenius

One of two muscles at the back of the neck, running from the back and sides of the vertebrae to the OCCIPITAL bone of the skull. The splenius muscles rotate and extend the head.