Gluteus medius muscle

The gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles are two muscles of the more superficial group in the gluteal region.

Summary
  • origin: gluteal surface of the ilium between the posterior and anterior gluteal line
  • insertion: posterolateral surface of the greater trochanter of femur
  • arterial supplysuperior gluteal artery
  • innervationsuperior gluteal nerve
  • action
    • abducts femur at hip joint
    • holds pelvis secure over stance leg and prevents pelvic drop on the opposite swing side during walking
    • medially rotates thigh
  • antagonist: adductors
Lower limb anatomy
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Article information

rID: 44240
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Gluteus medius

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