Rectus capitis posterior major

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rectus capitis posterior major

(Science: anatomy, muscle) origin, spinous process of axis; insertion, middle of inferior nuchal line of occipital bone; action, rotates and draws head backward; nerve supply, dorsal branch of first cervical (suboccipital).

See: suboccipital muscles.

Synonym: musculus rectus capitis posterior major, greater posterior rectus muscle of head, musculus rectus capitis posticus major.