longissimus thoracis

noun

longissimus tho·​ra·​cis -thə-ˈrā-səs How to pronounce longissimus thoracis (audio)
: a muscle that arises as the middle and largest division of the sacrospinalis muscle, that is attached by some of its fibers to the lumbar vertebrae, that is inserted into all the thoracic vertebrae and the lower 9 or 10 ribs, and that depresses the ribs and with the longissimus cervicis extends the spinal column and bends it to one side

called also longissimus dorsi

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“Longissimus thoracis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/longissimus%20thoracis. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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