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Superior gemellus muscle

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Superior gemellus muscle

Superior gemellus muscle
The superior gemellus and nearby muscles
Muscles of the gluteal and posterior femoral regions. Gemellus superior muscle labeled
Latin Musculus gemellus superior
Origin spine of the ischium
Insertion Obturator Internus tendon
Inferior gluteal artery
nerve to obturator internus (L5, S1, S2)
Actions Rotates laterally thigh
Anatomical terms of muscle

The superior 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 superior, the smaller of the two, arises from the outer surface of the spine of the ischium, blends with the upper part of the tendon of the Obturator internus, and is inserted with it into the medial surface of the greater trochanter.

Etymology: Gemellus is the diminutive of "geminus" meaning twin, doubled or duplicated. The superior and inferior Gemellus muscles are paired and perform the same action.


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See also

Inferior gemellus muscle

Additional images


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

External links

  • -234487729 at GPnotebook
  • Anatomy photo:13:st-0402 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • PTCentral
  • Univ. of Wash. Radiology

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