Rectus capitis anterior muscle

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Rectus capitis anterior muscle
The anterior vertebral muscles. Rectus capitis anterior muscle labeled in purple
Latin musculus rectus capitis anterior
Gray's subject #113 395
Origin atlas
Insertion    occipital bone
Nerve: C1
Action: flexion of neck at atlanto-occipital joint

The rectus capitis anterior (rectus capitis anticus minor) is a short, flat muscle, situated immediately behind the upper part of the Longus capitis.

It arises from the anterior surface of the lateral mass of the atlas, and from the root of its transverse process, and passing obliquely upward and medialward, is inserted into the inferior surface of the basilar part of the occipital bone immediately in front of the foramen magnum.

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