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Multifidus cervicis

Other Terms: Musculus multifidus cervicis, Musculus multifidus colli, Muscles multifides du cou

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Latin name

Musculus multifidus cervicis

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Epaxial muscle – Transversospinales – Multifidus

Etymology

The English name for this muscle is the muscle split into many parts. The word multifidus comes from the Latin multi meaning “much, or many” and the verb findere, which means “to split into many parts.” The word cervicis comes from the Latin cervix meaning “neck.”

Origin

Articular processes of C4 to C7

Insertion

Posterior surface of laminae and spinous processes of C2 to C6

Action

Extension of the cervical vertebral column; postural support of vertebral column; proprioceptive monitors of vertebral position.

Nerve supply

Dorsal rami of cervical and thoracic spinal nerves (C3 to T2)

Blood supply

The muscle receives a blood supply from muscular branches of the vertebral artery via the subclavian and also from muscular branches of the occipital artery via the external carotid artery.

Latin

Musculus multifidus cervicis

Latin

Musculus multifidus colli

French

Muscles multifides du cou

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