Anatomical hierarchy

General Anatomy > Muscles; Muscular system > Muscles of lower limb > Muscles > Gemellus superior; Superior gemellus



Origin: Spine of the ischium

Insertion: Obturator internus tendon

Nerve: Sacral plexus (S1, S2, S3)

Action: Rotates laterally thigh

The Gemelli are two small muscular fasciculi, accessories to the tendon of the Obturator internus which is received into a groove between them.
The Gemellus superior, the smaller of the two, arises from the outer surface of the spine of the ischium, blends with the upper part of the tendon of the Obturator internus, and isinserted with it into the medial surface of the greater trochanter. It is sometimes wanting.

This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from


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