Musculus longissimus atlantis - Musculus longissimus atlantis


The longissimus atlantis is parallel to, but ventral to longissimus capitis. It attaches to ala atlantis.

Origin: transverse processes of the first thoracic and last cervical vertebrae

Insertion: wing of the atlas

Action: Extends the neck; in unilateral action to raise the neck obliquely and turn it to one side.

Nerve: Dorsal branches of the thoracic and cervical nerves.

Text by Antoine Micheau, MD - Copyright IMAIOS


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