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The ansa cervicalis (or ansa hypoglossi, an archaic synonym) is a component of the cervical plexus which gives muscular branches to the geniohyoid muscle of the suprahyoid group and most of the infrahyoid (strap) muscles (excluding the thyrohyoid muscle).
superior root: derived from the anterior primary rami of C1
inferior root: derived from the anterior primary rami of C2 and C3
branch to geniohyoid
branches to infrahyoid (strap) muscles
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.