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Superior rectus

Other Terms: Musculus rectus superior, Muscle droit supérieur

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus rectus superior

Latin muscle parts

None

Group

Head somite muscle – pre-otic group (Extra-ocular muscle)

Etymology

The English name for this muscle is the upper straight muscle (of the eye). The word rectus is Latin for “straight.” The Latin term superior is derived from the Latin super meaning “above.”

Origin

Superior part of the common tendinous ring that surrounds the optic canal

Insertion

Superior surface of the anterior part of the sclera

Action

Elevates, adducts, and intorts the eye.

Nerve supply

Oculomotor nerve (Cranial nerve III)

Blood supply

Muscular branches and the supraorbital artery of the ophthalmic artery via the internal carotid artery.

Latin

Musculus rectus superior

French

Muscle droit supérieur

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