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Ansa cervicalis

The ansa cervicalis (or ansa hypoglossi, an archaic term) is a component of the cervical plexus which gives muscular branches to the geniohyoid muscle of the suprahyoid group and all four of the infrahyoid (strap) muscles

Gross anatomy

Roots
  • superior root: derived from the anterior primary rami of C1
  • inferior root: derived from the anterior primary rami of C2 and C3
Course
Branches

History and etymology

Ansa cervicalis is Latin for handle of the neck. It comes from the loop shape of the structure, which resembles a handle.

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