Major teres muscle - Musculus teres major

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The major teres muscle is a long, flat muscle which arises form the caudal angle and margin of the scapula, passes over the flexor side of the shoulder joint and terminates on the tuberosity of teres major.

Origin: Caudal angle and adjacent caudal edge of the scapula.

Insertion: Teres major tuberosity of the humerus (in dogs, it blends with the tendon of the latissimus dorsi)

Action: Flexion of the shoulder joint, to draw the humerus backward.

Nerve: Axillaris.

Text by Antoine Micheau, MD - Copyright IMAIOS
Veterinary Anatomy of Domestic Mammals: Textbook and Colour Atlas, Sixth Edition - Horst Erich König, Hans-Georg Liebich - Schattauer - ISBN-13: 978-3794528332
Illustrated Veterinary Anatomical Nomenclature - 3rd edittion - Gheorghe M. Constantinescu, Oskar Schaller - Enke
Miller's Anatomy of the Dog, 4th Edition - Evans & de Lahunta- Elsevier


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