Gracilis muscle

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Geon Oh et al.

The gracilis is the most superficial muscle in the medial compartment of the thigh and descends almost vertically down the medial side of the thigh.


  • origin: a line on the external surfaces of the body of the pubis, inferior pubic ramus, and the ramus of the ischium
  • insertion: medial surface of proximal shaft of tibia
  • arterial supply: medial circumflex femoral artery
  • innervation: obturator nerve
  • action: adducts thigh at hip joint and flexes leg at knee joint

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 44365
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:

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