rectus capitis posterior major muscle

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rec·tus cap·i·tis pos·te·ri·or ma·jor mus·cle

(rek'tŭs kap'i-tis pos-tē'rē-ŏr mā'jŏr mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, spinous process of axis; insertion, middle of inferior nuchal line of occipital bone; action, rotates and draws head backward; nerve supply, dorsal branch of first cervical (suboccipital).
Synonym(s): musculus capitis posterior major [TA] , greater posterior rectus muscle of head.
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