Hand intrinsic muscles innervated by the median nerve (mnemonic)

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 20 Feb 2019

All the intrinsic muscles of the hand are innervated by the ulnar nerve, except four muscles which are supplied by the median nerve and are easily recalled with the mnemonic:

  • FOAL or LOAF


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