prevertebral muscles

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Muscles that have their proximal attachment on the anterior aspect of the occipital bone and vertebrae, and their distal attachments on the anterior surface of the cervical and three thoracic vertebrae. Prevertebral muscles include the rectus capitis anterior, the rectus capitis laterals, the longus capitis, and the longus colli, Their primary actions are flexion, lateral flexion, and rotation of the cervical region of the spine.

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