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Anterior cervical intertransversarii

Other Terms: Intertransversarii anteriores cervicis, Anterior cervical intertransversarii, Anterior cervical intertransversarii set, Musculi intertransversarii anteriores cervicis, Musculi intertransversarii anteriores colli, Muscle intertransversaires antérieurs du cou

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculi intertransversarii anteriores cervicis or colli

Latin muscle parts

None

Group

Cervical wall – lateral musculature – internal layer

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the front muscle between the crosswise processes of the neck vertebrae. The word intertransversarii comes from the Latin inter meaning “between” and the Latin term transversus for “crosswise,” which comes from Latin trans meaning “across, beyond, or through” and the Latin verb vertere meaning “to turn.” It is used in reference to the transverse processes of the vertebrae. The Latin term anterior is derived from the Latin ante meaning “before.” Cervicis comes from the Latin cervix for “neck.”

Origin

Superior margin of the transverse processes of the cervical vertebrae two through seven

Insertion

Inferior margin of the transverse processes of the superjacent cervical vertebrae 3 to thoracic vertebra 1

Action

Possibly weakly assist with lateral flexion of the cervical vertebrae. They are most likely proprioceptive transducers that monitor the position and movements of the vertebral column and provide feedback that influences the activity of the larger multisegmental muscles of the vertebral column.

Nerve supply

Branches of the ventral rami of cervical spinal nerves (C2 to C8)

Blood supply

These small muscles receive blood from the ascending cervical artery, which is a small branch of the inferior thyroid artery from the thyrocervical trunk of the subclavian artery.

Latin

Musculi intertransversarii anteriores cervicis

Latin

Musculi intertransversarii anteriores colli

French

Muscle intertransversaires antérieurs du cou

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