Muscles of the Hip and Thigh

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Sacrum, sacroiliac and hip joints | Main Anatomy Index | Knee joint

Last updated 30 March 2006

The Anterior Thigh Muscles


The Iliopsoas Muscles

This powerful muscle is composed of the psoas major and iliacus muscles.

The Psoas Major Muscles (pp. 229, 385-7)


The Iliacus Muscle (pp. 386-7)


Action of Iliopsoas Muscle


Anterior Compartment


The Tensor Fasciae Latae Muscle (p. 386-7)

The Deep Fascia of the Thigh-Fascia lata (p. 385)


The Muscle


The Sartorius Muscle (p. 386-7)


The Quadriceps Femoris Muscle (pp. 386-7)

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Gluteal Muscles


The Gluteus Maximus Muscle (pp. 407,411-2,417)


Gluteus Medius Muscle (pp. 412, 417)


The Gluteus Minimus Muscle (pp. 412, 417)

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Pelvitrochanteric Muscles (Lateral Rotators)

The Piriformis Muscle (pp. 412, 417)


The Obturator Internus Muscle (pp. 412-3, 417)


The Gamelli Muscles (Superior and Inferior) (pp. 412-413, 417)


The Quadratus Femoris Muscle (pp. 413, 417)

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Medial Compartment (adductors)


The Pectineus Muscle (pp. 393, 399)


The Adductor Longus Muscle (pp. 393, 399)


Adductor Brevis Muscle (pp. 393, 399)


The Adductor Magnus Muscle (pp. 393, 399)


The Gracilis Muscle (pp. 393, 399)


The Obturator Externus Muscle (pp. 393, 399)

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Posterior Thigh Muscles (Hamstring Muscles)


The Semitendinosus Muscle (pp. 422-3)


The Semimembranosus Muscle (pp. 422-3)


The Biceps Femoris Muscle (pp. 422-3)

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Michael Tam (c) 1998