noun, plural splenii [splee-nee-nee-ahy] . Anatomy.
a broad muscle on each side of the back of the neck and the upper part of the thoracic region, the action of which draws the head backward and assists in turning it to one side.

1725–35; < Neo-Latin, for Latin splēnium < Greek splēníon plaster, patch

splenial, adjective
subsplenial, adjective
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splenius (ˈspliːnɪəs)
n , pl -nii
anatomy either of two flat muscles situated at the back of the neck that rotate, flex, and extend the head and neck
[C18: via New Latin from Greek splēnion a plaster]

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