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Tendon of the quadriceps femoris


The Quadriceps femoris musculature is muscle group that share a common tendon of insertion via the patella to the tibial tuberosity. This large, powerful group of muscles forms the majority of the anterior compartment of the thigh. It is subdivided into separate portions, which have received distinctive names. One occupying the middle of the thigh, and connected above with the ilium, is called from its straight course the rectus femoris. The other three lie in immediate connection with the body of the femur, which they cover from the trochanters to the condyles. The portion on the lateral side of the femur is termed the vastus lateralis; that covering the medial side, the vastus medialis; and that in front, the vastus intermedius.


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