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splenius

[splee-nee-uh s] /ˈspli ni əs/
noun, plural splenii
[splee-nee-nee-ahy] /ˈspli ni niˌaɪ/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
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.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; < Neo-Latin, for Latin splēnium < Greek splēníon plaster, patch
Related forms
splenial, adjective
subsplenial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for splenius

splenius

/ˈspliːnɪəs/
noun (pl) -nii (-nɪˌaɪ)
1.
(anatomy) either of two flat muscles situated at the back of the neck that rotate, flex, and extend the head and neck
Derived Forms
splenial, adjective
Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Greek splēnion a plaster
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