Adductor pollicis muscle

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 02 Aug 2021

The adductor pollicis muscle is a large triangular muscle anterior to the plane of the interossei that crosses the palm of the hand. It is deep to the thenar eminence, forming part of the short muscles of the thumb, and the intrinsic muscles of the hand.


The oblique head is also called the adductor obliquus pollicis muscle and the transverse head - the adductor transversus pollicis muscle.

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