- Semispinalis capitis
Semispinalis capitis Section of the neck at about the level of the sixth cervical vertebra. Showing the arrangement of the fascia coli. (Semispinalis capitis visible at bottom right.) Deep muscles of the back. Semispinalis muscles labeled. Semispinalis capitis is the upper of the labeled ones. Latin musculus semispinalis capitis Gray's subject #115 400 Origin Transversal process of lower cervical and higher thoracal columna Insertion Area between superior and inferior nuchal line Artery Nerve Greater occipital nerve Actions Extend the head
The Semispinalis capitis (Complexus) is situated at the upper and back part of the neck, deep to the Splenius, and medial to the Longissimus cervicis and capitis.
It arises by a series of tendons from the tips of the transverse processes of the upper six or seven thoracic and the seventh cervical vertebræ, and from the articular processes of the three cervical above this.
The tendons, uniting, form a broad muscle, which passes upward, and is inserted between the superior and inferior nuchal lines of the occipital bone.
The medial part, usually more or less distinct from the remainder of the muscle, is frequently termed the Spinalis capitis; it is also named the Biventer cervicis since it is traversed by an imperfect tendinous inscription.
It lies deep to the trapezius muscle.
The semispinalis muscles are innervated by the dorsal rami of the cervical spinal nerves.
- SUNY Figs 01:06-01
- SUNY Figs 24:01-01
- Duke Orthopedics semispinalis_capitis_1
- lesson6musclesofback at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained within it may be outdated.
splenius (capitis, cervicis) · erector spinae (iliocostalis, longissimus, spinalis) · latissimus dorsi
transversospinales: (semispinalis dorsi, semispinalis cervicis, semispinalis capitis, multifidus, rotatores) · interspinales · intertransversarii
Vertebral column: trapezius · latissimus dorsi · rhomboid (major, minor) · levator scapulaefascia: Thoracolumbar fascia
intercostales (external, internal, innermost) · subcostales · transversus thoracis · levatores costarum · serratus posterior (inferior, superior) · diaphragm
Thoracic cavity: pectoralis major · pectoralis minor · subclavius · serratus anteriorfascia: Pectoral fascia · Clavipectoral fasciaCategories:
- Muscle stubs
- Muscles of the torso
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