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Adductor minimus

Other Terms: Musculus adductor minimus, Muscle adducteur minime

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus adductor minimus

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Thigh muscle – medial compartment

Etymology

In English, this muscle’s name is the smallest muscle that leads (the bone it moves) 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 minimus is Latin for “least or smallest.” Its use in this instance is in reference to the fact that the muscle attaches to the smallest finger of the hand.

Origin

External surface of the inferior pubic ramus

Insertion

Medial margin of the gluteal tuberosity of the femur

Action

Adduction and lateral rotation of the hip.

Nerve supply

Obturator nerve (L2)

Blood supply

The muscle is supplied by the obturator artery and the medial circumflex femoral branch of the femoral artery.

Latin

Musculus adductor minimus

French

Muscle adducteur minime

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