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sple·ni·us

 (splē′nē-əs)
n. pl. sple·ni·i (-nē-ī′)
Either of two muscles of the back of the neck, extending from the upper vertebrae to the base of the skull, that rotate and extend the head and neck.

[New Latin splēnius, from Latin splēnium, patch, plaster (from its shape), from Greek splēnion, from splēn, spleen.]

sple′ni·al (-nē-əl) adj.

splenius

(ˈspliːnɪəs)
n, pl -nii (-nɪˌaɪ)
(Anatomy) 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]
ˈsplenial adj

sple•ni•us

(ˈspli ni əs)

n., pl. -ni•i (-niˌaɪ)
either of a pair of broad muscles at the back of the neck, serving to lift and turn the head.
[1725–35; < New Latin, for Latin splēnium < Greek splēníon plaster, patch]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.splenius - 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
skeletal muscle, striated muscle - a muscle that is connected at either or both ends to a bone and so move parts of the skeleton; a muscle that is characterized by transverse stripes
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