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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: either of two flat muscles that extend from the upper vertebrae to the base of the skull and serve to rotate or flex or extend the head and neck [syn: splenius, splenius muscle]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural splenii) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin splenium plaster, compress, from Greek spl?nion, from spl?n Date: 1732 either of two flat oblique muscles on each side of the back of the neck and upper thoracic region

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. splenii) Anat. either section of muscle on each side of the neck and back serving to draw back the head. Derivatives: splenial adj. Etymology: mod.L f. Gk splenion bandage

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Splenius Sple"ni*us, n. [NL.] (Anat.) A flat muscle of the back of the neck.



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