longissimus capitis (muscle)
lon·gis·si·mus ca·pi·tis (mus·cle)[TA]
intermediate erector spinae muscle in neck; origin, from transverse processes of upper thoracic and transverse and articular processes of lower and middle cervical vertebrae; insertion, into mastoid process; action, keeps head erect, draws it backward or to one side; nerve supply, dorsal primary rami of cervical spinal nerves.
Synonym(s): musculus longissimus capitis [TA], musculus complexus minor, musculus trachelomastoideus, musculus transversalis capitis
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