Adductor pollicis muscle

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.

Anatomy: Upper limb

Anatomy: Upper limb

Article information

rID: 45026
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Adductor transversus pollicis muscle
  • Adductor obliquus pollicis muscle
  • Adductor pollicis muscles

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