longissimus capitis

noun

longissimus cap·​i·​tis -ˈkap-ət-əs How to pronounce longissimus capitis (audio)
: a long slender muscle between the longissimus cervicis and the semispinalis capitis that arises by tendons from the upper thoracic and lower cervical vertebrae, is inserted into the posterior margin of the mastoid process, and extends the head and bends and rotates it to one side

called also trachelomastoid muscle

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“Longissimus capitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/longissimus%20capitis. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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