rectus capitis posterior minor muscle

(redirected from smaller posterior rectus muscle of head)

rec·tus cap·i·tis pos·te·ri·or mi·nor mus·cle

(rek'tŭs kap'i-tis pos-tē'rē-ŏr mī'nŏr mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, from posterior tubercle of atlas; insertion, medial third of inferior nuchal line of occipital bone; action, rotates head and draws it backward; nerve supply, dorsal branch of first cervical (suboccipital).
Synonym(s): smaller posterior rectus muscle of head.
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