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Adductor longus

Other Terms: Musculus adductor longus, Muscle long adducteur

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus adductor longus

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Thigh muscle – medial compartment

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the long muscle that leads (the bone it is moving) toward (the midline). Adductor is a term that describes the function or action of the muscle. It literally means to draw or to lead toward and is derived from the Latin ad meaning “toward” and ducere meaning “to lead or to draw.” The term longus is Latin for “long” and is typically used when there is a similar muscle that has the same name but is shorter.

Origin

Anterior surface of the pubis between the crest and the symphysis

Insertion

Middle third of the linea aspera of the femur

Action

Adduction, flexion, and lateral rotation of hip.

Nerve supply

Obturator nerve (L2 and L3)

Blood supply

From proximal to distal, the muscle is supplied by the obturator artery, medial circumflex femoral artery, femoral artery, and from direct branches and the perforating branches of the deep femoral artery.

Latin

Musculus adductor longus

French

Muscle long adducteur

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