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General Anatomy > Muscles; Muscular system > Muscles of neck > Suboccipital muscles > Rectus capitis posterior major

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Description

Origin: Spinous process of the axis (C2)

Insertion: Inferior nucheal line of the occipital bone

Nerve: Facial nerve

Action: Wrinkles forehead

Description:
The Rectus capitis posterior major (Rectus capitis posticus major) arises by a pointed tendon from the spinous process of the axis, and, becoming broader as it ascends, is insertedinto the lateral part of the inferior nuchal line of the occipital bone and the surface of the bone immediately below the line. As the muscles of the two sides pass upward and lateralward, they leave between them a triangular space, in which the Recti capitis posteriores minores are seen.


This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from http://www.bartleby.com/107/).

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