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Adductor magnus

Other Terms: Musculus adductor magnus, Muscle grand adducteur

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus adductor magnus

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Thigh muscle – medial compartment

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the large 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 magnus is Latin for large and is used to designate the largest muscle in a group of similar muscles.

Origin

External and inferior surface of the ischial ramus and the lateral surface of the ischial tuberosity

Insertion

The length of the linea aspera and the proximal part of the medial supracondylar line; the adductor tubercle of the femur

Action

Adduction and extension of hip; upper fibers laterally rotate.

Nerve supply

Obturator nerve (L2 and L3) and tibial nerve (L4)

Blood supply

From proximal to distal, the muscle is supplied by the obturator artery, the medial circumflex femoral branch of the femoral artery, the deep femoral artery and its perforating branches, and from small muscular branches arising directly from the femoral artery.

Latin

Musculus adductor magnus

French

Muscle grand adducteur

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