Adductor minimus muscle

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 2 Aug 2021

The adductor minimus muscle is a small, variably present muscle in the medial compartment of the thigh.  

Due to confusion about this muscle over the years it has ended up with a variety of names, which include pars lateralis, adductor quartus muscle, premier faisceau du grand adducteur and caput superius externum 1.

The adductor minimus is considered to be the superior most division of adductor magnus muscle and is variable in its anatomy, being either completely separate, partially or completely fused to the upper border of adductor magnus 1. The first perforating branch of the profunda femoris artery delineates the inferior border of adductor minimus from the superior border of adductor magnus.

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