Origin: Pubis - superior pubic ramus

Insertion: Lesser trochanter, linea aspera

Artery: Obturator artery

Nerve: Femoral nerve, sometimes obturator nerve

Action: Thigh - flexion, adduction, medial rotation

The Pectineus is a flat, quadrangular muscle, situated at the anterior part of the upper and medial aspect of the thigh. It arises from the pectineal line, and to a slight extent from the surface of bone in front of it, between the iliopectineal eminence and tubercle of the pubis, and from the fascia covering the anterior surface of the muscle; the fibers pass downward, backward, and lateralward, to be inserted into a rough line leading from the lesser trochanter to the linea aspera.

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 http://www.bartleby.com/107/).


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