Origin: Spinous process of the axis

Insertion: Lateral mass of atlas

Nerve: Suboccipital nerve

The Obliquus capitis inferior (Obliquus inferior), the larger of the two Oblique muscles,arises from the apex of the spinous process of the axis, and passes lateralward and slightly upward, to be inserted into the lower and back part of the transverse process of the atlas.

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


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