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Definition: 'Sternocleidomastoid (muscle)'

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sternocleidomastoid (muscle) (SCM)

Type: Term

Definitions:
1. superficial muscle of the anterolateral neck; origin, by two heads from anterior surface of manubrium of the sternum and sternal end of clavicle; insertion, mastoid process and lateral half of superior nuchal line; action, turns head obliquely to opposite side; when acting together, flex the neck and extend the head; nerve supply, motor by accessory, sensory by cervical plexus.

Synonyms: musculus sternocleidomastoideus, sternomastoid muscle



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