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Tendon of vastus lateralis

Muscle parts


Latin name

Musculus quadriceps femoris – Musculus vastus lateralis

Latin muscle parts



Thigh muscle – anterior compartment


The English name for this muscle is the enormous muscle on the side. Vastus is the Latin word for “enormous.” The Latin term lateralis is derived from the Latin lata meaning “side.”


Proximal portion of intertrochanteric line, anterior and inferior margins of the greater trochanter, lateral side of gluteal tuberosity and laterally on the linea aspera in its proximal half; fibers also arise from the lateral intermuscular septum


Tibial tuberosity (the patella is a sesamoid bone within the quadriceps tendon, the combined tendon of the rectus and vasti muscles; proximal to the patella the tendon is named the quadriceps tendon, distal to the patella the tendon is called the patellar ligament)


Extension of the knee.

Nerve supply

Femoral nerve (L2, L3,and L4)

Blood supply

From proximal to distal, the muscle is supplied by the ascending, transverse, and descending branches of the lateral circumflex femoral artery, the perforating branches of the deep femoral artery, and the superior genicular branch of the popliteal artery.


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