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Inferior gemellus muscle

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Inferior gemellus muscle

Inferior gemellus muscle
The inferior gemellus and nearby muscles
Muscles of the gluteal and posterior femoral regions with inferior gemellus muscle highlighted.
Latin musculus gemellus inferior
Origin Ischial tuberosity
Insertion Obturator internus tendon
Inferior gluteal artery
Nerve to quadratus femoris (L4-S1)
Actions Rotates laterally thigh
Anatomical terms of muscle

The inferior gemellus muscle is a muscle of the human body. The Gemelli are two small muscular fasciculi, accessories to the tendon of the Obturator internus which is received into a groove between them.

The Gemellus inferior arises from the upper part of the tuberosity of the ischium, immediately below the groove for the Obturator internus tendon. It blends with the lower part of the tendon of the Obturator internus, and is inserted with it into the medial surface of the greater trochanter. Rarely absent.

Like the obturator internus muscle, the gemellus superior and gemellus inferior help to steady the femoral head in the acetabulum. Both muscles also help to laterally rotate the extended thigh and abduct the flexed thigh at the hip


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See also

Superior gemellus muscle

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

External links

  • -442892211 at GPnotebook
  • PTCentral
  • Anatomy photo:13:st-0401 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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